Gibbs: Ensuring Internet Access Without Government Interference
April 18, 2016 - 2:22 PM
From the Office of Representative Bob Gibbs
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) sole power to set
prices for broadband internet access will be stopped according to a bill
passed by the House of Representatives this morning. H.R. 2666, the No
Rate Regulation for Broadband Internet Access Act is in response to the
FCC’s actions last year that reclassified broadband internet as a Title
II utility. While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler pledged at the time not to
implement rate regulation, the legislation passed today would, by law,
prevent any future FCC actions from implementing broadband rate
The House’s approval of the bill is a victory for advocates of market-based economics, says Congressman Bob Gibbs.
“Affordable and reliable access to the internet is essential in an
increasingly connected and information-driven world. However, I do not
believe that government interference, at the expense of the needs and
demands of American consumers, is the appropriate or correct action to
ensure that access. While Chairman Wheeler has continued to express
support for not regulating broadband pricing, I want it off the table
permanently. That is why this legislation is needed.”
H.R. 2666 passed with a bipartisan majority. It now moves to the
Senate where Senator Steve Daines introduced similar legislation.
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