February 27, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 34 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
NET NEUTRALITY; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 34
(House of Representatives - February 27, 2015)
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[Page H1375] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NET NEUTRALITY (Mr. McCLINTOCK asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. McCLINTOCK. Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Obama majority on the FCC seized unprecedented control over the Internet under the guise of ``net neutrality.'' Net neutrality is the notion that the latest cat video is of equal importance to a teleconference consultation for a heart patient. To impose this leftist ideology on the Internet, the FCC has just placed it under the same stifling regulatory structure as the phone company or broadcast stations. This gives them potential control over content and it destroys the price-driven incentives for innovation, expansion, speed, economy, and service that Americans have long enjoyed. It means higher costs as government piles on new fees. It means slowed expansion as the natural incentives to invest are stifled. Europe operates under this sort of regulatory scheme, and its Internet service is conspicuously inferior, slower, and ponderous. The reason the Internet has grown and thrived is because government has kept its fat, corrupt, incompetent hands off of it. That era ended yesterday, and that is a shame. ____________________