Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal detailed to Congress today.
Chairman Goodlatte: “Chairman Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal falls short of its stated goal to ‘ensure the internet remains open, now and in the future, for all Americans’ and overlooks several key facts that would prevent his rules from taking effect as promised. Instead of ensuring net neutrality protections for Americans, Wheeler overestimates the FCC’s authority to re-write our nation’s communications laws – a responsibility tasked to Congress, not the FCC – and ignores the fact that his net neutrality rules almost certainly will be stuck in courts for years over questions of their legality. Americans don’t need bulky regulations to be applied to the diverse and competitive Internet marketplace. Wheeler’s approach would squelch investment in one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in history and lock net neutrality protection in the courts without reaching Americans now or anytime in the near future. I urge the FCC to instead consider using our nation’s antitrust laws to prevent discriminatory and anti-competitive conduct and punish bad actors on the Internet effective immediately.”