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Commissioner O'Rielly's Statement on Open Internet Announcement

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Released: February 19, 2014

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February 19, 2014
Courtney Reinhard, 202-418-2013

Statement of FCC Commissioner O’Rielly on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s

“Open Internet” Announcement
Washington, D.C. – Commissioner Mike O’Rielly issued the following statement today:
“I am deeply concerned by the announcement that the FCC will begin considering new ways to
regulate the Internet. As I have said before, my view is that section 706 does not provide any
affirmative regulatory authority. We should all fear that this provision ultimately may be used
not just to regulate broadband providers, but eventually edge providers.
It appears that the FCC is tilting at windmills here. Instead of fostering investment and
innovation through deregulation, the FCC will be devoting its resources to adopting new rules
without any evidence that consumers are unable to access the content of their choice.”
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