Internet turf war

Communications • March 28, 2017

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House voted to disapprove of an  Obama-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation that allowed the agency to impose prescriptive data restrictions on internet service providers. The vote comes just one day after President Trump signed into law four resolutions of disapproval, for a total of eightmore than any other president in history.

“Today we continued our historic efforts by voting to roll back another complicated, burdensome Obama-era regulation. Policy should be in the American people’s best interest — not in the best interest of a bureaucratic agency. This resolution protects internet users’ privacy by preventing the FCC from imposing an unfair and onerous privacy regime on Internet service providers that would limit consumer choice and stifle innovation.”

Note: Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the ability to disapprove certain regulations issued in the final months of an outgoing administration, often referred to as “midnight rules.” Today’s resolution of disapproval was introduced by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ).