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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DeMint attempts to neuter Net Neutrality and the FCC.

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced a bill designed to block the FCC from overtaking the Internet and killing freedom. Labeled the Freedom for Consumer Choice Act (FCC Act), this legislation is designed to protect us (the consumer) from them (the FCC).
The Freedom for Consumer Choice Act (FCC Act) would force the commission to prove consumers are being harmed by lack of choice before it can impose new rules. It would also force the FCC to weigh the potential cost of action against benefits while imposing a five-year sunset on FCC regulations. Rules can be renewed if they pass muster under a market-based standard.

“The FCC’s rush to take over the Internet is just the latest example of the need for fundamental reform to protect consumers,” DeMint said in a statement on Wednesday. “Congress must pass the FCC Act to protect consumer choice in media services, preserve competition that drives down costs and drives up options, and prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs that the free market Internet economy has created.”

A statement from Hatch added, “Since the FCC has a hard time listening to the American people, we’re stepping forward with commonsense legislation to keep these unelected bureaucrats’ hands off the Internet.”
Finally, some common sense in this argument. It's nice to see our Senators standing up for the American people on this issue. Now, if we could just get them to do that across the board.