Feb 25 2016
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) in introducing legislation to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 net neutrality rule and prohibit the agency from issuing a similar rule without authorization from Congress. By rolling back the Commission’s most recent order to regulate the Internet, and limiting its authority to issue related rules in the future, the “Restoring Internet Freedom Act” aims to preserve the Internet’s freedom and benefit consumers in the 21st century free-market economy.
“The Internet has always been one of the best models of the free market,” said Rubio. “There are low barriers to entry, back and forth communication between consumers and providers, and a rapid evolution of ideas.
“Through burdensome regulations and tight control like the net neutrality rule, the government only hinders accessibility and the diversity of content,” added Rubio. “Consumers should be driving the market, and we can help by encouraging innovation, incentivizing investment, and promoting the competitive environment this industry needs.”
A PDF of the legislation is available here. The Restoring Internet Freedom Act would:
- Nullify the FCC’s net neutrality rule, and
- Prohibit the FCC from reissuing or constructing a new rule that is substantially the same.