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The Podium

Thursday, February 17

“Fixing a Problem That Isn’t Broken”

By Brad

In an op-ed for The Hill, Michigan Republican Representative Mike Rogers comes out strongly against the FCC’s recent net neutrality rules:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is attempting to fix a problem that isn’t broken. It has moved to place the Internet under their jurisdictional umbrella despite past commissions, Congress and the courts indicating that the Internet is an information service and therefore not regulated by the FCC.

On December 21, the FCC released a press statement announcing its move to regulate the Internet. It stated: “The Internet has thrived because of its freedom and openness — the absence of any gatekeeper blocking lawful uses of the network or picking winners and losers online.”

Mr. Chairman, with this order, aren’t you merely making the government the gatekeeper? The order regulates Internet Service Providers, but content providers are left untouched. Implementation of this order will provide no incentives for businesses to work out their disputes. I can tell you, there won’t be any incentives to resolve disputes because the FCC—the new “gatekeeper”—just picked the winner and the loser.