During a speech at an event co-hosted by FreedomWorks and SBE Council, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the Commission is reconsidering President Obama’s internet regulations. FreedomWorks applauds Chairman Pai’s efforts, and FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon released the following statement:
“The internet has been an engine of growth and innovation. President Obama’s Open Internet Order is a direct threat to future of the internet, transforming the internet from a world or permissionless innovation to a world of mother-may-I regulation, with the FCC as the new power broker. Chairman Pai is right to be concerned about the dangers of excessive regulation. We need to return to the light touch regulation that will allow entrepreneurs and investors to create the next generation internet capable of supporting more users and the next generation of applications.
“In just over 20 years, the internet evolved from a small network connecting universities and research institutions to a global enterprise connecting more than 3 billion people. All of this was done without heavy-handed regulation or government intervention. And consumers have benefited greatly, with the world now at their fingertips, and new tools and applications that have fundamentally changed our day-to-day lives. It is encouraging that Chairman Pai is working to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens to allow continued growth and innovation for the internet.”