Blunt Commends FCC Vote to Repeal Open Internet Order
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today released the following statement applauding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order:
“The 2015 Open Internet Order created a barrier to the investment and innovation we need to grow our economy and close the digital divide between rural towns and bigger cities,” said Blunt. “I’m pleased that the FCC voted today to return to the light touch regulatory approach that, for decades, enabled the internet to promote job growth and generate nearly $1 trillion in economic investment. I’ll continue working with my colleagues to support policies that protect consumers, ensure a free and open internet, and provide the stability the broadband marketplace needs to expand in rural areas.”
The 2015 Open Internet Order gave the FCC the ability to regulate today’s competitive broadband marketplace like a monopoly-era utility. According to the FCC, broadband investment has decreased for two years in a row, marking the first time this has occurred, outside of a recession, in the internet era.