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Jeb Bush Slams Net Neutrality at Iowa Pizzeria

By    |   Monday, 09 Mar 2015 10:37 PM

Potential Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush made his opinion clear over the weekend about the controversial net neutrality rule.

"The idea of regulating access to the Internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I've ever heard," Bush said at an Iowa pizzeria, according to The Hill.

"I hope that Congress acts" to erase the ruling, Bush added.

Bush, who served as governor of Florida from 1999-2007, was referring to the Communications Act of 1934.

That law was created "for the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex."

The act created a "nationwide and worldwide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, for the purpose of the national defense, for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communication."

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to regulate the Internet by citing the 1934 law. The move was controversial, particularly in Republican circles.

Members of the GOP and other critics are against the government having control of the Internet, with talk of a "kill switch" that could shut off access to the Internet.

The FCC reclassified broadband Internet from an "information" service to a "telecommunications" service last month, which allowed the Internet to fall under the umbrella of the 1934 law.

Bush made his remarks while in Iowa over the weekend, where he stopped at an agricultural policy forum and went to a GOP fundraiser. He also went to a pizza joint in Cedar Rapids, taking questions for more than 30 minutes from citizens as he explores a presidential run.

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