WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama urging the Federal Communications Commission to impose “net neutrality” regulations on the Internet.
“Today’s attempt by the president to have the FCC reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility is yet another example of the Obama Administration’s radical effort to have the government take over more aspects of our economy where there is no justification,” Rep. Scalise said.
“Title II reclassification would have a chilling effect on the Internet, which is a sector of our economy that has thrived under the current light-touch regulatory model, and sends the wrong message that regulation trumps innovation in the Internet ecosystem. 1930’s-era utility regulations have no business being applied to a 21st century Internet. The best way to guarantee a vibrant Internet economy is by keeping the federal government out of the way, not getting it more involved. The FCC should not allow itself to be bullied into embracing this dangerous proposal that will harm our economy.”