“YES” on Disapproval of “Net Neutrality” Regulations
This week, the Senate could vote on S.J. Res. 6, a joint resolution disapproving of the FCC “net neutrality” rule to regulate the internet and broadband industry practices. The regulations, aimed at a functional, productive and free market, are exactly the type of government overreach voters rejected last November. Net neutrality refers to the principle that networks providing internet access should not “discriminate” or filter content in any way.
The FCC’s rules would make it the arbiter of such discrimination even when internet providers might be improving their networks or offering premium content to consumers. It would be a dangerous regulatory encroachment of the internet that would jeopardize more than $150 billion in private sector investment in broadband as a whole over the next five years. Moreover, it’s doubtful the FCC even has the authority to regulate the internet in such a manner.
Heritage Action supports S.J. Res. 6 and will include it as a key vote in our scorecard.