If Obama wants ‘net neutrality,’ he should go to Congress

Nov. 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement against attempts by President Obama to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband Internet providers as “common carriers” under the Communications Act of 1934:

“One of the most disturbing aspects of the Obama administration has been its repeated abuse of executive authority, seizing lawmaking powers otherwise held by Congress. Federal courts have repeatedly ruled that so-called net neutrality — treating Internet broadband as a common carrier under the Communications Act of 1934 — exceeds congressional authority. Rather than taking this as a cue to petition Congress to change the law, Obama is once again pushing the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet as Congress never intended.

“If Obama wants so-called net neutrality rules, that is, to change the law, he should go to the nation’s sole lawmaking institution: Congress.”

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