Upton Urges FCC to Cease and Desist on Net Neutrality
Upton: "It is astonishing that the administration continues to believe government regulation is the answer to everything."
Dec 1, 2010 -
Congressman Fred Upton (R-Michigan), senior member and former chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, made the following statement in regard to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski’s expressed intention to regulate the Internet.
"The relentless push towards net neutrality reveals this administration and the FCC remain tone deaf to the will of the American people. First it was cap-and-trade, then health care, and now they have launched an all out assault to regulate the Internet.
"We have all grown sick and tired of the Chicago-style politics to ram through job-killing measures at any cost, regardless of the consequences or damage to our economy. Rather than put a gun to the heads of our largest economic engines, now is the time for the FCC to cease and desist. The FCC does not have authority to regulate the Internet, and pursuing net neutrality through Title I or reclassification is wholly unacceptable. Our new majority will use rigorous oversight, hearings and legislation to fight the FCC's overt power grab.
"After 15 months of near double-digit unemployment, it is astonishing that the administration continues to believe government regulation is the answer to everything. More government red tape will only further thwart our economic recovery and derail future job growth.
"The Internet has flourished without needless government intervention - we should step aside and allow the staggering innovations of tomorrow to proceed."