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On October 15, in a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski, 72 House Democrats expressed concerns over the current FCC push for so called net neutrality. The House Democrats, most of whom are members of the Blue Dog or New Democrat coalitions, urged the FCC to consider all the consequences of the proposed new regulatory scheme, specifically those that would impede the progress of growing broadband networks around the country.
Genachowski has proposed several rule changes that would expand the FCC’s regulatory authority over broadband networks in the name of net neutrality. The rules currently being considered by Genachowski and the FCC would take legitimate questions of network management away from those companies that built the broadband networks and put them in the hands of government bureaucrats. Such a policy is dangerous in a growing industry so reliant on new investment and may hinder efforts to expand broadband access in America.
"The technology sector is an important and dynamic sector of our economy. Competition is thriving and we should be promoting policies that encourage the expansion of broadband networks,” said FreedomWorks Foundation’s chief economist Dr. Wayne Brough. “Turning networks into public utilities in the name of net neutrality threatens to stifle growth in this critical sector of the economy. Net neutrality is a solution in search of a problem that does not exist."