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Net Neutrality Regulations Are Harmful, Unnecessary, and Unconstitutional

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Today, the Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, expressing disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The resolution is an attempt to restore the Obama administration’s 2015 decision to regulate Internet service providers like public utilities. The Competitive Enterprise Institute continues to oppose these harmful net neutrality regulations that threaten Internet freedom, stifle innovation, and are anything but neutral. 

CEI Associate Director for the Center of Technology and Innovation Jessica Melugin:

“This resolution is a step in the wrong direction and will impede the full benefits provided by the free market, severely limit the choices available to consumers and will deter investment and innovation. The effects will be particularly harmful to emerging and rapidly evolving industries. We firmly oppose today’s CRA passage and urge the House to stand up for Internet freedom by opposing it as well.”

CEI’s Regulatory Counsel and Research Fellow in technology policy Ryan Radia:

“Net neutrality regulation is harmful, unnecessary, and unconstitutional. Barring Internet providers from partnering with content companies such as Netflix or Amazon to prioritize certain traffic in the name of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ just means that consumers will end up bearing the full cost of improving the last mile that connects our homes and devices to the global Internet.”

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