Despite what some Trump administration officials believe, too much deregulation isn’t good for the economy or consumers. Science matters. Safety is important. Advocates should have their say. Companies need clear rules to plan for the future and know what is out of bounds. Workers and consumers need safety and quality standards. A sound economy relies on reasonable and restrained regulation that leaves lots of room for innovation, growth and profits. That’s why Congress should stop the ping-pong effect of the Net Neutrality debate as power passes back and forth between political parties. Over time this kind of uncertainty will restrain growth and investment and stymie creativity. It’s time to pass legislation codifying rules that protect consumers and maintain flexibility for companies to innovate.
Check out Simmons’ full op-ed over at The Hill.