FCC's Wheeler, Pai Face Another House Panel On Open Internet Rules
March 25, 2015 at 3:34 PM (PT)
At a House Judiciary Committee panel WEDNESDAY (3/25) provocatively titled “Wrecking the Internet to Save It? The FCC’s Open Internet Rule,” FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER once again defended the Commission's order, Commissioner AJIT PAI again detailed his objections, and Rep. LOUIE GOHMERT (R-TX) ripped WHEELER for "playing God with the Internet."
In WHEELER's prepared remarks, he reiterated his rationale for regulating ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act, saying, "this issue is simply about whether those who operate networks will be the rule-makers, or whether consumers and innovators will have the security of knowing that the network operators will not be able to misuse their positions," while PAI repeated his assertion that the order is "a heavy-handed solution that won’t work for a problem that doesn’t exist." But THE WASHINGTON POST reports that the hearing livened up when GOHMERT interjected that "before the FCC came in, everybody could explore new business models. You're playing God with the Internet ... Congress wasn't asking you to take over the Internet." WHEELER did not directly respond to GOHMERT's allegations, focusing instead on how House Republicans have voiced a desire to impose some of the same restrictions on ISPs that the Title II regulations impose.