Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is refusing to appear before Congress as the FCC prepares a regulatory Internet takeover.
Not only that, but Wheeler has also refused to publicly release the FCC’s 332-page draft of the Internet regulations.
“So long as the chairman continues to insist on secrecy, we will continue calling for more transparency and accountability at the commission,” House Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a statement. “Chairman Wheeler and the FCC are not above Congress.”
The FCC is expected to vote on its new regulations Thursday, which would allow the agency to expand government control over the Internet, such as regulating service providers like a public utility.
“Do you trust the federal government to make the Internet ecosystem more vibrant than it is today?” FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai stated, who broke rank to oppose the proposed regulations. “Can you think of any regulated utility like the electric company or water company that is as innovative as the Internet?”