Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it will make a last-ditch effort to enact Net Neutrality Internet regulations before the new year. While specifics of the proposal have not been released, the FCC has announced that it intends to regulate how Internet service providers manage data that flow on their networks.
Kelly William Cobb, executive director of Americans for Tax Reform's Digital Liberty Project, made the following statement:
“It is highly disappointing that after overwhelming bipartisan opposition from Congress, the American public, and the Courts, the FCC is continuing its pursuit to regulate the Internet. The proposal – released by a supposedly pro-transparency agency, but under the cover of darkness – continues to be a solution in search of a problem.
While the FCC's recent Net Neutrality push remains unwarranted, we are at least pleased that the Commission has abandoned its more onerous proposal to regulate the Internet under antiquated Title II laws.
Chairman Genachowski indicated today that he does not intend to circumvent Congress. We agree with this approach and continue to believe that any action regarding Internet regulation should originate in Congress, if at all.”