Throughout my tenure on the Energy and Commerce Committee, I have worked to increase the deployment of telecommunications services to all American families and businesses. These new tools have helped create incredible job and economic growth. I have also fought to ensure that free speech and private innovation remain the hallmarks of this industry, while guaranteeing that our children are protected from online predators and indecent material.
I have long been a leading opponent of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) implementation of so-called “network neutrality” rules, which gives the FCC new, unauthorized authority over the Internet. While the new rules create uncertainty for consumers, innovators, and job creators, I will continue to work on bipartisan solutions that keeps the Internet free and open for all. I will also continue to work to make the FCC more transparent, predictable, and fair.
I support the basic principles of Net Neutrality. What I do not support was the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) heavy handed implantation of these rules which gave this government agency new, unauthorized authority of the Internet.
In 2015 I drafted bicameral legislation that would have enshrined these important Net Neutrality principles into law. Our legislation would prohibit the practices of paid prioritization of content, but without giving the FCC broader authority over the Internet.
A legislative answer to the net neutrality question would finally put to rest years of litigation and uncertainty. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we work towards a fair, permanent solution.
Self-driving cares the next frontier of innovation, safety, and economic growth. As the birthplace of the automotive industry, Michigan is a well-known home to innovative suppliers and manufacturers that make our cars and trucks safer, more efficient, and more affordable. Michigan also has a dense nexus of engineering talent, automotive research and development centers, and universities that are developing cutting-edge vehicle innovations.
Earlier this year, I joined Michigan Senator Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, in sending a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the new administration to designate a Michigan site a proving grounds for automated vehicle testing.
I look forward to continuing valuable public discussions on the safety improvements and revolutionary changes self-driving vehicles are bringing to our society.
It has long been my goal to create jobs and help grow the economy here in Southwest Michigan. Ensuring folks have a safe, secure, and private internet is an important way to do just that. There is no doubt that as technology becomes more integral to our way of life the government must take steps to protect privacy while continuing to allow for innovation. I support the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) strongly enforcing important, existing privacy protections on all levels of the Internet.
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