Obama's Regs Will Make Internet Slow as in Europe, Warn FCC, FEC Commissioners

By Bedard, Paul | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, February 23, 2015 | Go to article overview

Obama's Regs Will Make Internet Slow as in Europe, Warn FCC, FEC Commissioners


Bedard, Paul, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


As the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission toy with regulating aspects of the Internet, critics on those agencies are warning that speed and freedom of speech are in jeopardy.

In a joint column, Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai and Federal Election Commission member Lee Goodman, leveled the boom on the Obama-favored regulations, essentially charging that it will muck up the freedom the nation has come to expect from the Internet.

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In one key passage of the column published in Politico, the duo wrote Monday that heavy-handed FCC regulations like those imposed in Europe will significantly slow down Internet speech.

"These Internet regulations will deter broadband deployment, depress network investment and slow broadband speeds. How do we know? Compare Europe, which has long had utility-style regulations, with the United States, which has embraced a light-touch regulatory model. Broadband speeds in the United States, both wired and wireless, are significantly faster than those in Europe. Broadband investment in the United States is several multiples that of Europe. And broadband's reach is much wider in the United States, despite its much lower population density," the two wrote. …

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