Cramer Statement on FCC Net Neutrality Rules
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a series of proposed new regulations on internet services known as net neutrality:
“It is disappointing Chairman Wheeler has decided to use the weight of the federal bureaucracy to drastically change the way internet services are regulated, instead of allowing Congress to work on a bipartisan legislative solution. This rule threatens our free and open internet as a conduit for economic growth by reclassifying it as a utility. In the Energy and Commerce Committee, we have announced a bipartisan, bicameral legislative solution which would bring certainty to the internet services industry while not closing doors to investment and innovation.”
Last month, Cramer examined draft legislation on net neutrality in a subcommittee hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The legislation stops short of reclassifying broadband providers as utilities, while today’s announced FCC rules move forward with this reclassification. As a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer penned an op-ed in the New York Times on net neutrality in 2009.