Tuesday, September 26, 2023

PRESS RELEASE: FCC Proposing to Reimpose Net Neutrality Regulations Is Foolhardy

Free State Foundation Randolph May issued the following statement regarding FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel's proposal to reimpose net neutrality regulations: 

It is foolhardy for the FCC to embark on yet another attempt to impose public utility-like regulations on Internet service providers. As a matter of policy, it's wrong to go down this road again when there's no evidence of a problem justifying new burdensome regulations. And as a matter of law, it's a big blunder because it's very likely the Supreme Court will determine that any FCC action reimposing net neutrality regulations is a "major question" and Congress has not clearly authorized the agency to exercise the power it claims. It would make a lot more sense, and benefit consumers, if the Commission would just devote its resources to important matters within its authority, such as ensuring that the multi-billions of dollars in subsidies it's responsible for disbursing are used effectively and efficiently, without fraud or abuse, to promote broadband deployment and adoption?


And don't believe for an FCC minute that the Chairwoman Rosenworcel and her Democrat majority colleagues intend to foreclose rate regulation of ISPs' offerings. These actions may not be called "rate regulation" but rather prohibitions on usage-based pricing or free data applications, or some such. The effect will be rate regulation.