Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard the Republican National Convention is currently taking place in Tampa. And as Brendan Sasso of The Hill reports, part of the party’s official platform takes aim directly at the FCC:
The Republican Party’s 2012 platform includes a section devoted to ripping the Federal Communications Commission as out of date.
“The most vibrant sector of the American economy, indeed, one-sixth of it, is regulated by the federal government on precedents from the nineteenth century,” the party writes.
The FCC was created in 1934, but it took over some of the responsibilities that had belonged to the Interstate Commerce Commission, which was was created in 1887 to regulate railroads.
“This is not a good fit,” the GOP writes. “Indeed, the development of telecommunications advances so rapidly that even the Telecom Act of 1996 is woefully out of date. An industry that invested $66 billion in 2011 alone needs, and deserves, a more modern relationship with the federal government for the benefit of consumers here and worldwide.”