Republicans are raising strong objections to the new rules on Internet neutrality adopted by the Federal Communications Commission.
The new rules would forbid companies and other entities from paying Internet providers to speed up transmission of their content. And the Internet would be regulated as a public utility.
compiled GOP reaction.
- Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas, tweeted a link to a YouTube video satirizing President Obama. The video shows Obama, obscured by pixels, saying "this is the same government that brought you the online success of healthcare.gov, and we know we can do the same thing for you onliiii . . ." The video then fades out in a haze.
- Oregon Rep. Greg Walden said the FCC's vote "threatens to throw all of this [the modern information economy] out the window, and to generate significant uncertainty that will impact the industry, its investors and ultimately its consumers."
- Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn said the new rules would lead to new taxes. The Internet "is not broken, and it does not need the FCC's help in order to be effective," she said.
Gus Hurwitz, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, objects to the new rules too.
"These rules face a bleak future in court. This is because they clearly exceed the intended scope of the Commission's statutory authority," Hurwitz, a professor at University of Nebraska's law school, writes on Real Clear Markets.
"While clever lawyers surely can argue that the words of the Communications Act have enough ambiguity to cover the Internet, the purpose and design of the Commission's rules clearly amount to a substantial expansion of the Commission's authority. The courts look at such overt expansions of authority with substantial skepticism."
Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell lays the blame on President Obama's for putting pressure on the FCC to enact strict regulation for net neutrality.
The rules are a "sad example of unreasoned decision-making," Powell, who served under President George W. Bush and is now president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, told CNBC.
"Watching the president of the United States direct the FCC to adopt a very specific regulatory result, I think . . . was shocking and put the commission in an untenable position." In November, Obama directed the FCC to establish the "strongest possible rules" to ensure net neutrality.
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