Congress Should Stay Out of Broadband Regulation and “Let the Free Market Keep Working”

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Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will roll out a new piece of legislation aimed at reversing the FCC’s decision to repeal so-called “net neutrality” rules imposed by the Obama Administration.

Associate Director of CEI’s Center for Technology and Innovation Jessica Melugin said:

“Despite some outlandish predictions of doom in the wake of the FCC’s decision to repeal the Obama Administration’s heavy-handed Title II Internet regulation, we’ve seen big improvements in both speed and access for users. While broadband speeds increased by almost 40 percent, more homes gained access to fiber in 2018 than in any other year.  

“Nancy Pelosi’s new so-called ‘net neutrality’ legislation will almost surely suffer from the same policy problems as the Obama-era regulations. Rather than help people, misguided legislation will threaten both innovation and investment in search of a solution to a problem that simply doesn’t exist. The lesson of the net neutrality-free broadband market is that government should stay out of the way and let the free market keep working.”

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