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Net Neutrality: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Originally Published in Washington Examiner on 2/26/18.

"If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it"—simple wisdom that government repeatedly ignores. And there’s no better case in point than so-called “net neutrality.” This week, leftist pro-neutrality groups will hold a day of noise and fear to bully lawmakers into supporting a Congressional Review Act resolution. The resolution would reinstate the FCC’s 2015 designation of Internet service providers as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

This push for Title II regulation is a fanatical solution in search of a problem. It’s the equivalent of firing a bazooka to swat a fly you think you saw. Perhaps you killed a fly, but now half your house is a smoldering pit. Why? Because, prior to 2015, none of the problems that net neutrality activists fear existed to any meaningful extent.