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Blackburn Statement on FCC Net Neutrality Rules


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement regarding the FCC's net neutrality vote today.

"I fully agree with Commissioner Pai. The decision to regulate or reclassify the Internet is not one that should be made by five unelected individuals. This is a decision that is best left up to Congress at the will of the American people. Unfortunately, President Obama and his handpicked FCC Commissioners continue to try and impose unpopular campaign promises by partisan fiat. Trying to regulate or reclassify the Internet has as much support as transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States. Both proposals are net losers that need to be retired once and for all.

"Before the Commission takes and further action they need to conduct a cost benefit analysis of the net neutrality rules as I requested last month. I look forward to asking Chairman Wheeler about this when he testifies next Tuesday before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology." Congressman Blackburn is the sponsor of H.R. 4070, the Internet Freedom Act, that would block the FCC's net neutrality rules and protect innovators from overreaching regulations.

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