WASHINGTON – The following is a statement by Steve Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute, on the FCC’s announcement to clarify broadband issues:

“The FCC’s decision to gather more information before enacting new Internet regulation is an encouraging indication that it remains committed to a fact-based process. The focus on specialized services and wireless also suggests that the Commission appreciates the complexity of regulation in these areas and is looking for a way to ensure continued innovation that serves consumers. We believe that a careful review will demonstrate that consumers have been well served by the relatively light-touch regulation that has historically been applied to the Internet, and that excessive regulation could slow the introduction of new services and innovation, impede investment and competition, and raise consumer prices.”