7TH DISTRICT, TENNESSEE
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WASHINGTON, DC 20515
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The Honorable Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Dear Mr. Chairman:
On April23, 2014, you announced that the draft Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
will be placed on the May 15th Open Agenda Meeting and subsequently be open to public
comment and then the FCC will craft and vote on final rules. I am writing today to request that
the Commission follow Executive Order 13563 initiated by President Obama.
As you know, on July 11, 2011, President Obama formally asked independent agencies to join
executive agencies in reducing regulations that place unnecessary burdens on American
businesses and the American people that was outlined in Executive Order 13563. The President
was right to ask independent agencies such as the FCC to join in this effort.
I believe that regulatory reform continues to be a top priority as it will increase investment, spur
innovation, increase competition and create jobs, especially in niy home state of Tennessee.
That is why the FCC in its review of the Open Internet Notice that the agency follow Executive
Order 13563 which states that each agency must, among other things, propose or adopt a
regulation only upon a reasoned determination that its benefits justify the costs.
Congress has clearly stated that it is the policy of the United States to preserve the vibrant and
competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet and other interactive computer
services, unfettered by Federal or State regulation. It is important to understand the implications
of the proposed FCC action will have in preserving the competitive free market that has long
existed for the Internet and its impact on jobs.
Over the last fifteen years, we have all witnessed an explosive growth in innovation and
investment in infrastructure. Before any rule of this magnitude goes into effect, it is imperative
that we fully understand the impact this regulation will have on our economy. Failure to fully
understand the cost benefits ofthis rule could slow our economic recovery and harm job
Will you conduct a cost benefit analysis pursuant to the format outlined in the President's
Executive Order? If not, please provide me with a detailed explanation of why such an analysis
is not necessary in your opinion.
Member of Congress
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