Long blasts proposal to regulate the internet

Posted on February 7, 2015 08:26 am CST



The top man at the Federal Communications Commission is trying to make Internet service providers work the way that water, phone and other utilities work. An Ozarks congressman doesn’t like it.

In an op-ed piece for Wired magazine, FCC chair Tom Wheeler says the commission is looking to roll out rules that would bar Internet service providers (ISPs) from slowing down or speeding up Web traffic. The rules would apply to all ISPs — including those that sell wireless connections. Companies that provide online services would be treated like other firms that fall under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.

Rep. Billy Long, (R) Missouri-7th District, calls it new regulation the country doesn’t need. ““Chairman Wheeler is following through on the president’s desire to regulate the Internet. We do not need more heavy-handed intervention from government bureaucrats who have a limited understanding, at best, as to what the Internet should become, what services it should provide, or how those services should be delivered to the public.”

Long sits on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He said the Republican leadership likely will draft legislation aimed at protecting Internet consumers and the continued investment and innovation on the Internet.

The FCC will vote Feb. 26 on Wheeler’s "Net Neutrality" proposal.


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