Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote in favor of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.:

Chairman Goodlatte: “I want to thank FCC Chairman Pai for liberating Internet service providers and small businesses from the stranglehold of overly burdensome regulations. The Restoring Internet Freedom Order will encourage investment in Internet infrastructure, promote competition, and ultimately benefit consumers.  Having said that, we must continue to make sure that anti-competitive and discriminatory conduct on the Internet is detered and punished, and I look forward to continuing to work to make sure our laws, including our antitrust laws, protect against this conduct.”

Background:

This year, Chairman Goodlatte wrote an op-ed for The Hill voicing his concerns about over-regulating the Internet and explaining why the FTC is better equipped than the FCC to protect privacy and remedy antitrust issues. The Chairman also praised FCC Chairman Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order when it was first released in November.

The Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held hearings in 2015 and again in 2017 about the FCC’s net neutrality rule.