Commissioner Pai Statement on FCC Internet Regulation
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February 19, 2014
Matthew Berry, (202) 418-2005
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
ON FCC INTERNET REGULATIONToday’s announcement reminds me of the movie Groundhog Day. In the wake of a court
defeat, an FCC Chairman floats a plan for rules regulating Internet service providers’ network
management practices instead of seeking guidance from Congress, all while the specter of Title
II reclassification hovers ominously in the background. I am skeptical that this effort will end
any differently from the last.
When Congress told us to encourage broadband deployment by removing barriers to
infrastructure investment, it also established the policy of the United States to “preserve the
vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet . . . unfettered by
Federal or State regulation.” Whatever the Commission does as it moves forward, it must take
that statutory command to heart.
The Internet was free and open before the FCC adopted net neutrality rules. It remains
free and open today. Net neutrality has always been a solution in search of a problem.
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