ISPs, Advertisers Push for Privacy Rule Rollback

Plan to outline flaws of FCC regs in advance of House vote

ISPs and ad industry execs are getting together with the press Tuesday for a call in advance of the House consideration of a resolution to repeal the FCC's broadband privacy regs.

The Congressional Review Act resolution passed the Senate 50-48 last week, and House majority leader Kevin McCarthy has scheduled debate to begin in the house on the resolution (S.J. Res. 34) at noon, with a vote likely somewhere between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

"Withdrawing the FCC’s flawed two-tiered privacy regulations is a vital step towards developing a truly comprehensive and effective privacy framework for the entire internet based on the successful FTC approach," said NCTA: The Internet & Television Association in announcing the conference call. 

Slated to talk about the congressional effort are Jon Leibowitz, former FTC chairman under Barack Obama and now co-chair of the ISP-backed 21st Century Privacy Coalition, who will moderate; James Assey, executive VP at NCTA; B. Lynn Follansbee, VP of law and policy at USTelecom; Jim Halpert, general counsel of the Internet Commerce Coalition; Julie Kearney, CTA; Emmett O’Keefe, senior VP of advocacy, DMA; and Howard Waltzman, general counsel at 21st Century Privacy Coalition.