Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gardner opposes FCC control of Internet

 Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on new Internet regulations proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

“The FCC’s attempt to regulate the internet under Title II of the Communications Act is a massive federal power grab that will come at the expense of innovation, growth, and internet users. This proposal would give the FCC huge amounts of new power over the internet, stifling the very innovative and disruptive culture that made the internet what it is today.

“This is the same federal government who failed to adequately launch a major healthcare website, who failed to keep vital national security information safe from rogue contractors, and who, all the while, was collecting the private online data of American citizens. Now, they’re asking us to trust them to be the sole arbiters of a secure and open Internet. Americans should be extremely wary.

“The FCC and the administration’s decision to act unilaterally here is unfortunate, and will lead to significant amounts of litigation, creating uncertainty and paralysis in one of our economy’s most crucial sectors. The FCC has decided to take an 81-year-old law designed for the needs of the monopoly phone era and use it to justify a massive power grab. I’m opposed to it, and I’m determined to work with members of both parties in the Senate to come up with a better solution.”

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