By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) – who is also a member of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee – is among those who believe Thursday’s Federal Communications Commission net-neutrality rules vote is nothing short of a dangerous overreach of government power, Save Jerseyans.
“The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of a net neutrality plan that is the most dramatic government intervention in the Internet in two decades,” said Lance in a statement. “The FCC’s proposal to regulate the Internet will hurt consumers and discourage new investment and innovation in broadband. It is Congress, not an unelected federal commission, that is tasked with modernizing our Nation’s telecommunications laws and today’s action is a blatant overstep of authority that threatens to stifle one of the Nation’s most important economic engines.”
In a statement (initially released in Morse code to drive home the point), Verizon accused the FCC of imposing outdated and damaging 1930s-style rules on the Internet industry.
“The FCC’s move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary,” Verizon said. “The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-plus pages of broad and open-ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come.”
Be sure of this much, Save Jerseyans: anything that the Ford Foundation and George Soros are willing to put $200 million behind cannot be good for your liberty bottom line.