Senator Udall Introduces Bill to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse in New Mexico

This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced legislation to combat one of the most serious health and law enforcement issues facing New Mexico communities: prescription drug abuse and misuse. Udall’s Increasing the Safety of Prescription Drug Use Act would expand access to treatment options for addicted patients, strengthen training for medical professionals, and increase abuse prevention opportunities. Importantly, the bill would help medical professionals avoid overprescribing medication to patients by giving them access to real-time prescription databases across state lines.

“Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic nationally, and a major issue in New Mexico, which ranks among the states with the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation. Drug abuse doesn’t just tear apart families – it’s also weakening our communities. While recent data show we’re making progress, we must redouble our efforts and continue to work with health providers, law enforcement, and community experts to fight this epidemic,” said Udall, a member of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control and a strong voice in the fight to combat the nationwide prescription drug abuse epidemic. “My common-sense bill will help health care providers avoid overprescribing medication by strengthening drug monitoring systems, and expand access so more people can get the treatment they need, and communities can collaborate more easily to address the national prescription drug abuse epidemic.”

The Increasing the Safety of Prescription Drug Use Act, which Udall first introduced in 2013, aims to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse by:
– Making it easier for potentially addicted patients to access the prevention services and treatment they need;
– Strengthening prescription monitoring through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs by giving prescribers access to real-time databases across state lines to help avoid overprescribing medication to patients abusing addictive drugs and reduce the misuse of drugs through street sales;
– Authorizing a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant program to increase patient assessment and referral for potential drug abuse or misuse by expanding training among prescribers for behavioral screening, interventions and treatment referrals;
– Authorizing a grant program for states to review whether expanding prescriptive privileges for advanced practice nurses and physicians’ assistants with control for specific drugs, such as buprenorphine which is used to treat opioid addiction, would increase access to treatment for addicted patients; and,
– Directing HHS to establish a working group to encourage states and counties to increase ongoing opportunities for proper medication disposal and review making naloxone, a medication used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose, available behind the counter for emergency overdose situations.

Numerous medical organizations support Udall’s bill, including the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy, New Mexico Primary Care Association, New Mexico Pharmacists Association, New Mexico Nurses Association, New Mexico Public Health Association, University of New Mexico Project ECHO, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Harm Reduction Coalition.

“Forty nine states now have Prescription Drug Monitoring programs. While they have significant impact in the states, coordination between states still has issues. The ‘Increasing the Safety of Prescription Drug Use Act of 2015′ would enhance existing programs by making electronic monitoring of prescription drugs computer programs compatible between states as well as managing interoperability between the state programs and state and federal agencies.” — R. Dale Tinker, Executive Director of New Mexico Pharmacists Association

“Specific provisions that will have a major impact include expansion of the availability of naloxone for reversal of overdose, and expansion of prescriptive authority for buprenorphine to include Advance Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants. Project ECHO strongly supports this legislation.” — Sanjeev Arora, Founder and Director of Project ECHO, and Miriam Komaromy, Associate Director of Project ECHO

“With nurse practitioners working in every geographical area of this country, they see and treat all types of patients including those with opioid addiction. Allowing NPs to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone) as an opiate replacement therapy that can be used in the treatment of opiate addiction, as well as other medications for the treatment of opioid addiction, would increase access to this life-saving treatment.” — Debra Swan, Associate Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

An estimated 6.1 million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs, and an average of 50 Americans die each day from prescription painkiller overdose. While nonmedical use of prescription painkillers costs the U.S. economy more than an estimated $53 billion annually, each dollar invested in drug addiction treatment saves the public $12 in medical and criminal justice costs.

The full text of Udall’s bill is available HERE.

Senator Tom Udall Welcomes Passage of Full Funding for Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to avert a shutdown and fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the fiscal year:

“I’m glad the House finally joined the Senate in passing a bill to fund DHS and ensure our communities and our border are protected. Shutting down DHS — as some House Republicans advocated — would have had serious safety and economic consequences for New Mexico, disrupting border trade, forcing the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia to close, and causing over 2,000 employees in New Mexico alone to go without pay.

“Funding for national security and the many other important government programs is critical to our safety and our economy. We can’t keep governing by threats and shutdowns. New Mexicans expect better, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to do everything I can to improve the way government and Congress work, including getting back to one of our most important jobs — passing regular funding bills.”

Senator Martin Heinrich’s Reaction To Israeli Prime Minister’s Speech

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich made the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress yesterday:

“We all share the primary goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.  That is in the best interest of the United States, Israel, and the global community.  Where I differ from Prime Minister Netanyahu is how best to actually accomplish that.  If we abandon negotiations due to unrealistic expectations, then we will undoubtedly lose IAEA inspections.  That would encourage Iran to resume development and would result in a very high likelihood of direct military conflict.

“I will view any plan from the perspective of whether it serves the security interests of the American people and our allies.  To pass that test we must negotiate an agreement that rolls back Iran’s nuclear materials stockpile to peaceful levels and makes intrusive inspections a long-term certainty.  Only then can we prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and avoid an armed conflict that would likely cost our nation dearly in blood and treasure.”

Senator Udall Recruiting Summer Session Interns for Washington, D.C., Office

U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office.

For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall’s office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 26 – June 26, and June 29 – July 31. There is limited availability for full summer internship placements from May 26 – July 31. Applications and letters of recommendation for either summer internship session must be submitted by April 5.

“Congressional internships offer a unique opportunity for students to learn about the inner workings of our government, and to experience firsthand how a Senate office operates,” Udall said. “The perspective gained through observing House and Senate gallery proceedings, listening to high-profile officials during the summer speaker series and assisting with my office’s daily operations can provide a valuable perspective to anyone interested in pursuing a career in government or public service. Interns play an integral role in my office, and I encourage interested college students to apply.”

Students of all majors are encouraged to apply and internships may count toward college credit. Students should check with their respective college or university for requirements.

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz’s Statement Celebrating Women’s History Month

Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in honor of Women’s History Month:

“March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is ‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.’ This theme provides us an important opportunity to ensure that we, as a nation, are including the stories, struggles, and successes of women into the American narrative.

“Women have been deeply ingrained in the fabric of our nation’s history from the very beginning. From Abigail Adams’ role as unofficial adviser to the president, to Sandra Day O’Connor serving as the first female member of the United States Supreme Court, to Nancy Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker of the House of Representatives, we have come a long way.  Celebrating the women who have come before us is essential to continuing our march toward total equality for women.  We stand on these women’s shoulders, and without knowing and understanding the stories of our foremothers, we have nothing to stand on.

“The theme of this March also encourages us to recommit to always elevating women’s perspectives in the work we do building this nation, now and in the future.  This is something that I am proud to say our President and Democrats have made a priority.

“In President Obama, women have had a strong ally in the fight for economic opportunity,  affordable health care, and a fair work, life balance. The first bill our President signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, helps equip women with the legal tools they need to fight wage discrimination; with the Affordable Care Act, millions more American women now have access to quality, affordable health care without being discriminated against by insurance companies for being a woman; and a dedication to allowing parents the economic freedom to stay home with sick children so that working mothers can both take care of and afford to feed their families – Democrats have fought for policies that reflect the priorities of women and will continue to do so.

“It is no secret why Republicans continue to struggle with women voters.  They continuously either ignore the voices of women or simply stand on the wrong side of these issues and so many more that are important to women and families. They still brush them aside as ‘just women’s issues’ – forgetting that women are not a small special interest group, but in fact make up half of our nation and ‘their’ issues are family issues and economic issues. In prioritizing the wealthy and special interests, Republicans have disregarded the needs of American woman and lost sight of the cornerstones of middle class economics.

“This Women’s History Month, we recommit to never ignoring the perspectives and lives of women.  And we celebrate our progress, as well as the work still to be done, by drawing strength from the women whose stories are woven into our nation’s history.  May the women of the past be forever in our minds as we continue to break barriers and fight for full equality.  From our DNC family to yours, Happy Women’s History Month.”

Doña Ana County Democrats Celebrate Women’s History Month

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County is proud to join in the observance of National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history.

We honor the historic and central role of women to the nation generally, and the contributions of women in the fields of science and technology, specifically, without whose historic role in the advance of the sciences, and in mathematics, the many advances for our country in every field, both here in New Mexico, and throughout our nation could not have been possible.

In celebrating National Women’s History Month we also join in celebrating the diversity of leadership that we, as a nation, as a community organization, and as a political party must embrace, if we are to continue to ensure the future success of this great nation and remain a beacon of freedom to the rest of the world.

Each year, Americans observe National Women’s History Month in March by celebrating the history, and contributions of women to the rich heritage of the United States.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Public Act 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

Weekly Address: Ensuring Hardworking Americans Retire with Dignity

In this week’s address, the President reiterated his commitment to middle-class economics, and to ensuring that all hardworking Americans get the secure and dignified retirement they deserve.

While most financial advisers prioritize their clients’ futures, there are some who direct their clients towards bad investments in return for back-door payments and hidden fees. That’s why, earlier this week, the President announced that he is calling on the Department of Labor to update rules to protect families from conflicts of interest by requiring financial advisers to put their clients’ best interest before their own profits.

The President emphasized his promise to keep fighting for this policy and for others that benefit millions of working and middle-class Americans.

Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

Senator William “Bill” Soules: Let’s Grow Our Local Distillery and Restaurant Economies

The State Legislature had a promising opportunity to create thousands of new jobs and to help hundreds of small businesses grow and expand across our state this week, but unfortunately that opportunity was extinguished at a committee hearing.   I had proposed simple legislation that would have allowed restaurants with beer and wine licenses to also serve spirits such as tequila, gin, vodka, brandy and so on, provided that they are distilled in New Mexico.

State Senator Bill Soules

State Senator Bill Soules

Full liquor licenses, subject to market forces, today carry a hefty price tag that cost from $500,000 to $1 million.  That frequently leaves the big national chain restaurants as the only establishments in a community that can afford to operate a full bar in New Mexico.  That shuts out our mom-and-pop, home-grown restaurants from a lot of customers and business.   I think that’s wrong.  That is why I introduced Senate Bill 71 (SB 71) to enable restaurants that currently have a wine and beer license to additionally offer New Mexico-produced distillery spirits without purchasing a high-cost, full-bar liquor license.

New Mexico distilleries such as Don Quixote Distillery and Winery, Santa Fe Spirits, Left Turn Distillery, Algodones Distillery, and KGB Spirits would get a chance to showcase their masterpieces in some of New Mexico’s finest dining establishments in our urban and rural communities.  When the distilleries grow, they hire more New Mexicans.

The high price of purchasing a full liquor license puts them out of reach for many local small restaurants, sometimes putting their survival at risk.  My bill was designed to increase local jobs, and level the playing field for local small businesses.  The training is already in place for new employees of the restaurants that this legislation targeted.   If my bill had gotten through the legislative process, the decision to enact would have gone to local governments for a vote.

Creating jobs should be our first priority.  Helping our home-grown restaurants to grow means they will hire more cooks and wait staff.  Distilleries will hire more employees. State and local governments will see more revenue in taxes.

We should encourage New Mexico branding, which feeds tourism by promoting high quality local products. Platforms like the one this bill would create help put New Mexico on the map and keep our local business owners and producers in business.  I will continue to push for New Mexico products, and I intend to bring this bill back again in a future legislative session.

NM House Republicans and Gov. Martinez ram ‘Right to work for less’ bill through State House

Goal: Destroy unions and working class in New Mexico

Governor Martinez and NM House Republicans continued their attack on working men and women by passing a ‘right to work for less’ bill through the state house last night. This bill, championed by business and wealthy interests does nothing to create jobs or improve the economy for New Mexicans.

The sole intent of the legislation is to weaken and destroy unions and working class New Mexicans as well as the strong support that labor unions offer to the poor and middle class.

DPNM Chairman Sam Bregman: “This is a sad day for New Mexico. First Governor Martinez and state Republicans stand by and watch businesses fail and leave the state. Next, they stand and watch thousands of young New Mexicans flee the state because there are no jobs. Now, in an attempt to destroy unions and hurt the working class, they pass legislation that won’t produce any jobs but it will satisfy their wealthy, selfish business interests. Democrats will stop this legislation when it reaches the State Senate,” added Bregman.

FCC Adopts Strong Sustainable Rules to Protect Open Internet

Rules Will Preserve the Internet as a Platform for Innovation, Free Expression and Economic Growth

Ending lingering uncertainty about the future of the Open Internet, the Federal Communications Commission today set sustainable rules of the roads that will protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks.

The FCC has long been committed to protecting and promoting an Internet that nurtures freedom of speech and expression, supports innovation and commerce, and incentivizes expansion and investment by America’s broadband providers. But the agency’s attempts to implement enforceable, sustainable rules to protect the Open Internet have been twice struck down by the courts.

Today, the Commission—once and for all—enacts strong, sustainable rules, grounded in multiple sources of legal authority, to ensure that Americans reap the economic, social, and civic benefits of an Open Internet today and into the future. These new rules are guided by three principles: America’s broadband networks must be fast, fair and open—principles shared by the overwhelming majority of the nearly 4 million commenters who participated in the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding.

Absent action by the FCC, Internet openness is at risk, as recognized by the very court that struck down the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet rules last year in Verizon v. FCC.
Broadband providers have economic incentives that “represent a threat to Internet openness and could act in ways that would ultimately inhibit the speed and extent of future broadband deployment,” as affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court upheld the Commission’s finding that Internet openness drives a “virtuous cycle” in which innovations at the edges of the network enhance consumer demand, leading to expanded investments in broadband infrastructure that, in turn, spark new innovations at the edge.

However, the court observed that nearly 15 years ago, the Commission constrained its ability to protect against threats to the open Internet by a regulatory classification of broadband that precluded use of statutory protections that historically ensured the openness of telephone networks. The Order finds that the nature of broadband Internet access service has not only changed since that initial classification decision, but that broadband providers have even more incentives to interfere with Internet openness today. To respond to this changed landscape, the new Open Internet Order restores the FCC’s legal authority to fully address threats to openness on today’s networks by following a template for sustainability laid out in the D.C. Circuit Opinion itself, including reclassification of broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act.

With a firm legal foundation established, the Order sets three “bright-line” rules of the road for behavior known to harm the Open Internet, adopts an additional, flexible standard to future-proof Internet openness rules, and protects mobile broadband users with the full array of Open Internet rules. It does so while preserving incentives for investment and innovation by broadband providers by affording them an even more tailored version of the light-touch regulatory treatment that fostered tremendous growth in the mobile wireless industry.

Following are the key provisions and rules of the FCC’s Open Internet Order:

New Rules to Protect an Open Internet

While the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet rules had limited applicability to mobile broadband, the new rules—in their entirety—would apply to fixed and mobile broadband alike, recognizing advances in technology and the growing significance of wireless broadband access in recent years (while recognizing the importance of reasonable network management and its specific application to mobile and unlicensed Wi-Fi networks). The Order protects consumers no matter how they access the Internet, whether on a desktop computer or a mobile device.

Bright Line Rules: The first three rules ban practices that are known to harm the Open Internet:

• No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
• No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
• No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no “fast lanes.” This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.
The bright-line rules against blocking and throttling will prohibit harmful practices that target specific applications or classes of applications. And the ban on paid prioritization ensures that there will be no fast lanes.

A Standard for Future Conduct: Because the Internet is always growing and changing, there must be a known standard by which to address any concerns that arise with new practices. The Order establishes that ISPs cannot “unreasonably interfere with or unreasonably disadvantage” the ability of consumers to select, access, and use the lawful content, applications, services, or devices of their choosing; or of edge providers to make lawful content, applications, services, or devices available to consumers. Today’s Order ensures that the Commission will have authority to address questionable practices on a case-by-case basis, and provides guidance in the form of factors on how the Commission will apply the standard in practice.

Greater Transparency: The rules described above will restore the tools necessary to address specific conduct by broadband providers that might harm the Open Internet. But the Order recognizes the critical role of transparency in a well-functioning broadband ecosystem. In addition to the existing transparency rule, which was not struck down by the court, the Order requires that broadband providers disclose, in a consistent format, promotional rates, fees and surcharges and data caps. Disclosures must also include packet loss as a measure of network performance, and provide notice of network management practices that can affect service. To further consider the concerns of small ISPs, the Order adopts a temporary exemption from the transparency enhancements for fixed and mobile providers with 100,000 or fewer subscribers, and delegates authority to our Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau to determine whether to retain the exception and, if so, at what level.
The Order also creates for all providers a “safe harbor” process for the format and nature of the required disclosure to consumers, which the Commission believes will lead to more effective presentation of consumer-focused information by broadband providers.
Reasonable Network Management: For the purposes of the rules, other than paid prioritization, an ISP may engage in reasonable network management. This recognizes the need of broadband providers to manage the technical and engineering aspects of their networks.

  • In assessing reasonable network management, the Commission’s standard takes account of the particular engineering attributes of the technology involved—whether it be fiber, DSL, cable, unlicensed Wi-Fi, mobile, or another network medium.
  • However, the network practice must be primarily used for and tailored to achieving a legitimate network management—and not business—purpose. For example, a provider can’t cite reasonable network management to justify reneging on its promise to supply a customer with “unlimited” data.

Broad Protection
Some data services do not go over the public Internet, and therefore are not “broadband Internet access” services (VoIP from a cable system is an example, as is a dedicated heart-monitoring service). The Order ensures that these services do not undermine the effectiveness of the Open Internet rules. Moreover, all broadband providers’ transparency disclosures will continue to cover any offering of such non-Internet access data services—ensuring that the public and the Commission can keep a close eye on any tactics that could undermine the Open Internet rules.

Interconnection: New Authority to Address Concerns
For the first time the Commission can address issues that may arise in the exchange of traffic between mass-market broadband providers and other networks and services. Under the authority provided by the Order, the Commission can hear complaints and take appropriate enforcement action if it determines the interconnection activities of ISPs are not just and reasonable.

Legal Authority: Reclassifying Broadband Internet Access under Title II
The Order provides the strongest possible legal foundation for the Open Internet rules by relying on multiple sources of authority including both Title II of the Communications Act and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. At the same time, the Order refrains – or forbears – from enforcing 27 provisions of Title II and over 700 associated regulations that are not relevant to modern broadband service. Together Title II and Section 706 support clear rules of the road, providing the certainty needed for innovators and investors, and the competitive choices and freedom demanded by consumers, while not burdening broadband providers with anachronistic utility-style regulations such as rate regulation, tariffs or network sharing requirements.

• First, the Order reclassifies “broadband Internet access service”—that’s the retail broadband service Americans buy from cable, phone, and wireless providers—as a telecommunications service under Title II. This decision is fundamentally a factual one. It recognizes that today broadband Internet access service is understood by the public as a transmission platform through which consumers can access third-party content, applications, and services of their choosing. Reclassification of broadband Internet access service also addresses any limitations that past classification decisions placed on the ability to adopt strong open Internet rules, as interpreted by the D.C. Circuit in the Verizon case. And it supports the Commission’s authority to address interconnection disputes on a case-by-case basis, because the promise to consumers that they will be able to travel the Internet encompasses the duty to make the necessary arrangements that allow consumers to use the Internet as they wish.

• Second, the proposal finds further grounding in Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Notably, the Verizon court held that Section 706 is an independent grant of authority to the Commission that supports adoption of Open Internet rules. Using it here—without the limitations of the common carriage prohibition that flowed from earlier the “information service” classification—bolsters the Commission’s authority.

• Third, the Order’s provisions on mobile broadband also are based on Title III of the Communications Act. The Order finds that mobile broadband access service is best viewed as a commercial mobile service or its functional equivalent.

Forbearance: A modernized, light-touch approach
Congress requires the FCC to refrain from enforcing – forbear from – provisions of the Communications Act that are not in the public interest. The Order applies some key provisions of Title II, and forbears from most others. Indeed, the Order ensures that some 27 provisions of Title II and over 700 regulations adopted under Title II will not apply to broadband. There is no need for any further proceedings before the forbearance is adopted. The proposed Order would apply fewer sections of Title II than have applied to mobile voice networks for over twenty years.

Major Provisions of Title II that the Order WILL APPLY:

  • The proposed Order applies “core” provisions of Title II: Sections 201 and 202 (e.g., no unjust or unreasonable practices or discrimination)
  • Allows investigation of consumer complaints under section 208 and related enforcement provisions, specifically sections 206, 207, 209, 216 and 217
  • Protects consumer privacy under Section 222
  • Ensures fair access to poles and conduits under Section 224, which would boost the deployment of new broadband networks
  • Protects people with disabilities under Sections 225 and 255
  • Bolsters universal service fund support for broadband service in the future through partial application of Section 254.
  • Major Provisions Subject to Forbearance:
  • Rate regulation: the Order makes clear that broadband providers shall not be subject to utility-style rate regulation, including rate regulation, tariffs, and last-mile unbundling.
  • Universal Service Contributions: the Order DOES NOT require broadband providers to contribute to the Universal Service Fund under Section 254. The question of how best to fund the nation’s universal service programs is being considered in a separate, unrelated proceeding that was already underway.
  • Broadband service will remain exempt from state and local taxation under the Internet Tax Freedom Act. This law, recently renewed by Congress and signed by the President, bans state and local taxation on Internet access regardless of its FCC regulatory classification.

Effective Enforcement

  • The FCC will enforce the Open Internet rules through investigation and processing of formal and informal complaints
  • Enforcement advisories, advisory opinions and a newly-created ombudsman will provide guidance
  • The Enforcement Bureau can request objective written opinions on technical matters from outside technical organizations, industry standards-setting bodies and other organizations.

Fostering Investment and Competition

All of this can be accomplished while encouraging investment in broadband networks. To preserve incentives for broadband operators to invest in their networks, the Order will modernize Title II using the forbearance authority granted to the Commission by Congress—tailoring the application of Title II for the 21st century, encouraging Internet Service Providers to invest in the networks on which Americans increasingly rely.

  • The Order forbears from applying utility-style rate regulation, including rate regulation or tariffs, last-mile unbundling, and burdensome administrative filing requirements or accounting standards.
  • Mobile voice services have been regulated under a similar light-touch Title II approach, and investment and usage boomed.
  • Investment analysts have concluded that Title II with appropriate forbearance is unlikely to have any negative on the value or future profitability of broadband providers. Providers such as Sprint, Frontier, as well as representatives of hundreds of smaller carriers that have voluntarily adopted Title II regulation, have likewise said that a light-touch, Title II classification of broadband will not depress investment.
    Action by the Commission February 26, 2015, by Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order (FCC 15-24). Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel with Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly dissenting. Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly issuing statements.
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