Cramer Statement on FCC Decision to Pass “Net Neutrality”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new regulations on internet services known as net neutrality:
“It was disappointing to see the FCC, behind closed doors and without input from Congress or the American people, use the Federal government to radically change the way internet services are provided to individuals and businesses. The decision to use outdated 1930’s regulatory rules will stifle the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that is at heart of the internet. The free flow of information and ideas has grown all sectors of our economy from New York City to New Town, North Dakota. As a former Public Service Commissioner, I am particularly worried about the impact this decision will have on internet service to many small communities across my state. I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to create a bipartisan legislative solution which would bring certainty to the internet services industry while not closing doors to investment and innovation.”
As a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer penned an op-ed in the New York Times on net neutrality in 2009.