Washington, D.C. – Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft of his Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which will be voted on December 14, 2017.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has issued the following statement:

Chairman Goodlatte: “I applaud FCC Chairman Pai for his commitment to the FCC’s tradition of light-touch regulation that encourages innovation for broadband and Internet services. Chairman Pai’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order represents a much-needed reversal from the one-size-fits-all regulations of the previous administration that would have stifled marketplace competition and discouraged innovation.

In contrast, Chairman Pai’s efforts would liberate Internet service providers and small businesses from unnecessary regulations and allow the Federal Trade Commission to establish clear procedures to monitor unfair practices. In addition to these efforts, I look forward to continuing to work with the FTC, the FCC, and all stakeholders to ensure that our antitrust laws are equipped and being used to aggressively punish anticompetitive and discriminatory conduct on the Internet.”