Nov 10, 2014

The Administration Should Not Regulate the Internet

Washington, D.C. –Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the President’s support for regulating the Internet:

“For decades the Internet has grown, spread, and positively altered our culture and economy, all with little regulation from Washington. But the Obama Administration now wants to threaten that progress by imposing rules written in the 1930s to cover public utilities to now regulate the Internet. Allowing Washington bureaucrats to use the same rules that were written when people used a live operator to place a telephone call to now start regulating the Internet is a recipe for disaster. The Internet has created growth and enabled innovation. It has added to our economy in countless ways and has improved the lives of billions of people. Outdated regulations from federal bureaucrats will hurt our economy and reduce job creation by restricting the growth of the Internet.

“The Internet has been and needs to remain free and open. The House will continue to resist the Administration’s attempts to make it anything else.”

Note: The House GOP Leadership sent a letter to FCC Chairman Thomas E. Wheeler in May urging the FCC to stop its consideration of antiquated Internet regulations.