The following statement may be attributed to Mike Wendy, Director, MediaFreedom.org:
Alexandria, VA, December 21, 2010 – Today, FCC Commissioners Genachowski, Copps and Clyburn took the unwarranted step of regulating the Internet. Though some will claim that their new rules are “OK,” or “could have been worse,” the plain fact of the matters is – they are not needed. The market works. Innovation thrives. Consumers are protected. And, more Americans of every stripe connect to the Internet daily. This growth has occurred because government regulation is absent.
The three – acting without express authority, against the will of Congress and contrary to the message sent by Americans in the midterm elections – seek to impose their stultifying regulations all in the name of a political campaign promise, and to appease a vocal minority of the President’s petulant base. But to a terrible end. If not overturned in court or by Congress, these new regulations will harm the roll out of Internet infrastructure and services. Moreover, they will take America backwards at a time when our economy needs every advantage it can get to provide jobs for Americans, and compete globally.
For an agency that touted its openness and transparency, there has not been a scintilla of it, especially in the run up to today’s unilaterally imposed rule. Their furtive actions do not serve Americans – they are the hallmarks of an arbitrary and capricious agency, accountable to no one, and out of touch with the realities of the vibrant Internet marketplace.
Congress needs to settle the false question called “Net Neutrality” instead of three political appointees. Americans deserve better than the regulations proclaimed today by the FCC’s three self-appointed kings.