CNP Report


For Immediate Action: May 13, 1999


Internet Regulation Alert



The federal government is salivating over the Internet's regulation-free environment and an estimated $30 billion a year in e-commerce.

Just as the "health care crisis" was used to justify Clinton Care's scheme to nationalize the health care system, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hopes to incite public fears over "privacy" to justify a wave of regulation by them of the Internet.

This is a page right out of Bill Clinton's playbook: Conduct a poll, declare a "crisis," create a bureaucracy. In this instance the FTC is awaiting a Georgetown University poll, which the FTC will use to heighten public fears of doing business on the Web, and justify the creation of the first-ever Federal bureaucracy to regulate the Internet.

However, the leading Internet businesses, including IBM, are way ahead of the bureaucracts and even refuse to advertise on Web sites that doing not protect online privacy. Internet providers and merchants know it is in their best interest to safeguard the privacy of their customers. They do not need Big Brother meddling.

Conservatives must stop this big-government attempt to regulate the Internet.


 Action Items

1. Contact FTC officials and tell them to disclose any and all plans for new divisions or regulations that pertain to the Internet including

  • Why they are needed.
  • What they will have juristiction over.

2. Contact the listed committee chairmen and urge them to hold hearings before any new regulations or bureaucracies are even considered. The committees should call the following witnesses:

  • The FTC Chairman and commissioners.
  • Broadband Internet access providers.
  • Web merchants.
  • On-line consumers

3. Demand the bottom line by asking who will pay for any new bureaucracies or regulations: Will there be new taxes, Internet access charges, "users" fees or taxes on e-commerce?


Federal Trade Commission Contact List

Robert Pitofsky, Chairman
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 202-326-2100
Fax: 202-326-2496

Rosemaries A. Straight, Executive Director
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 202-326-2207
Fax: 202-326-3599

Congressional Contact List

Senate Commerce Committee

Senator John McCain, Chairman (R-AZ)
senator [email protected]
Tel: 202-224-2235
Fax: 202-228-2862

Ernest F. Hollings, Ranking Minority Member (D-SC)
senator [email protected]
Tel: 202-224-6121

House Sub-Committee on Telecommunications

Billy Tauzin, Chairman
Tel: 202-225-2927
Fax: 202-225-1919

House Committee on Commerce

Thomas J. Bliley, Jr., Chairman (R-VA)
[email protected]
Tel: 202-225-2815
Fax: 202-225-0011

John D. Dingell, Ranking Minority Member (D-MI)
Tel: 202-225-4071

House Leadership

J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House
email: [email protected]
Tel: 202-225-2976
Fax: 202-225-0697

Richard Gephardt, Minority Leader
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 202-225-2671
Fax: 202-225-7452

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E-Mail: [email protected]


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