DeMint: FCC Internet Takeover Must Be Reversed in 2011

December 21, 2010

Obama Administration’s latest power-grab threatens economy, limits consumer choice

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee and member of the Senate Commerce Committee, denounced the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to establish a framework for itself to regulate the internet. He urged Congress to use its authority to reverse this decision and protect against future agency overreach by passing both the REINS Act (S. 3826) and FCC Act (S. 3624) in 2011.

“Chairman Julius Genachowski promised his decisions would be ‘data-driven’, but this unwarranted government intervention in an already open and thriving internet market proves that, on his watch, FCC really stands for Fabricating a Crisis Commission,” said Senator DeMint. “The Obama Administration has ignored evidence that this federal takeover will hang a millstone of regulatory and legal uncertainty around the neck of a vibrant sector of our economy.  Proceeding on its own liberal whims rather than facts, this FCC has chosen to grant itself broad authority to limit how businesses can bring the internet to consumers in faster and more innovative ways.

“Americans loudly demanded a more limited federal government this November, but the Obama Administration has dedicated itself to expanding centralized government planning. Today, unelected bureaucrats rammed through an internet takeover, even after Congress and courts warned them not to.

“To keep the internet economy thriving, this decision must be reversed. Regulatory reform will be a top priority for Republicans in the next Congress, and I intend to prevent the FCC or any government agency from unilaterally burdening our recovering economy with baseless regulation.  In order to provide the stability businesses need to grow, I will work with my fellow Senators to see passage of my FCC Act, which would ensure that the FCC can only use its rulemaking powers where there is clear evidence of a harmful market failure, as well as the REINS Act, which would add the accountability of a Congressional vote before any government agency’s proposed major regulations may be finalized.

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