Rep. Barry Loudermilk Opposes FCC's Approval of Net Neutrality
Washington D.C. (February 26, 2015) | Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) today issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commissionís (FCC) decision to approve Net Neutrality:
"Once again, DC bureaucrats are finding new ways to inflict damage on the economy. While Americans are trying to survive the onslaught of regulations from agencies like the EPA and policies like Obamacare, Democrats in Washington now want to add the internet to the growing list of things they feel need government supervision. In today's over-regulated economy, the internet has thrived and shown us firsthand how liberating a free market could be.
"Thousands of jobs and incredible leaps in progress have been made possible by the freedom the internet provides and we can't let Net Neutrality slow us down. How many more big government policies must Americans weather before Washington wakes up to the damage they are doing? The government is supposed to protect our rights, not restrict them at every turn.
"I believe FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said it best, "Net Neutrality is a solution that won't work, to a problem that doesn't exist. Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to regulate internet service providers as public utilities ó establishing government standards for content, speed and price ó will slow the speed and growth of American networks to that of European networks.
"Even Democrat Senator Maria Cantwell agreed and said recently that Net Neutrality is "taking a step" toward European internet regulation. I am strongly opposed to the FCC's decision to approve Net Neutrality, and I plan to do everything in my power to stop these burdensome regulations from moving forward."