November 21, 2017

Brent Skorup on Net Neutrality Reversal

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Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced he will repeal the FCC’s heavy-handed 2015 Internet regulations. His proposal would reverse the agency’s hasty decision two years ago to regulate the Internet using outdated phone regulations from the 1934 Communications Act. Those so-called net neutrality rules gave the FCC vast authority and, in many cases, require Internet companies to seek FCC permission before offering innovative services to the public.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress passed a bipartisan law declaring that the Internet, and specifically Internet access, should be “unfettered from Federal or State regulation.” Chairman Pai’s proposal, if enacted, would be a welcome return to the hands-off policy that prevailed for twenty years and turned the United States into a global leader in technology and broadband investment. Innovators in Silicon Valley and across the US should determine how the Internet evolves; not FCC staff and DC insiders.