STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER ROBERT M. MCDOWELL ON CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI'S INTENT TO ADOPT INTERNET REGULATIONS
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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
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December 1, 2010
Angela Giancarlo 202-418-2066
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER ROBERT M. McDOWELL
ON CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI'S INTENT TO ADOPT
INTERNET REGULATIONSThe following statement should be attributed to FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell:
"Minutes before midnight last night, Chairman Genachowski announced his intent to
adopt sweeping regulations of Internet network management at the FCC's open meeting on
December 21. I strongly oppose this ill-advised maneuver. Such rules would upend three
decades of bipartisan and international consensus that the Internet is best able to thrive in the
absence of regulation.
Pushing a small group of hand-picked industry players toward a "choice" between a bad
option (Title I Internet regulation) or a worse option (regulating the Internet like a monopoly
phone company under Title II) smacks more of coercion than consensus or compromise.
This "agreement" has been extracted in defiance of not only the courts, but a large,
bipartisan majority of Congress as well. Both have admonished the FCC not to reach beyond its
statutory powers to regulate Internet access. By choosing this highly interventionist course, the
Commission is ignoring the will of the elected representatives of the American people."
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