Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) recently voted for H.R. 2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act. This legislation would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from regulating the retail rates charged by Internet service providers for broadband Internet access, an important protection for consumers.
“This bill simply codifies FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s and the Obama Administration’s promise that the FCC cannot use the new net neutrality order to regulate rates for Internet access,” said Guthrie. “This bill is an important assurance for consumers, providing clarity and making sure that the federal government does not continue to overstep its role in Internet service accessibility.”
After decades of a light-touch approach to Internet regulation, last year President Barack Obama and the FCC chose to drag Internet service providers into a regulatory regime based on laws from the 1930s. H.R. 2666 is just one example of the efforts being made by Congress to protect consumers from the effects of this backward-looking approach.