Letter to Governor Brown

 

Dear Governor Brown:

Re:  SB 822 — OPPOSE

As an employee of Frontier Communications, I write to respectfully request you veto Senate Bill 822 (Wiener).

Frontier Communications supports an open Internet where providers do not block, throttle, or interfere with customers' ability to access and navigate the Internet. However, this overreaching bill threatens to establish new unnecessary and harmful regulation that will create significant new costs for consumers, hinder network investment and delay Frontier’s hard work to help close the Digital Divide in California.

I am proud to work at Frontier and help operate a network that is part of an incredibly successful Internet ecosystem that is the backbone of our economy and daily life. Frontier invests significant resources nationally and statewide to provide broadband, voice, and video services to our customers.

I oppose SB 822 because it will harm consumers and impose complex layers of costly regulation.  This will deter investment and delay broadband deployment in California, especially in rural areas that still lack high-speed Internet access.

Moreover, SB 822 will essentially create "free" Internet for big users of bandwidth like Netflix and Google, but increase costs for consumers and decrease investment that creates good jobs. 

California can lead the nation in many ways but should not impose costly and burdensome state regulation on an interstate service.

I respectfully ask you to veto this bill that is bad for all Californians.