Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has reintroduced legislation to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband Internet as a utility.
Latta, vice chairman of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, called the FCC’s plans misguided. His legislation notes that the strict regulations were “designed for the monopoly telephone system in 1934 and has its origins in 19th century shipping regulations.”
“These businesses thrive on dynamism and the ability to evolve quickly to shifting market and consumer forces,” he said in a statement. “Subjecting them to bureaucratic red tape won’t promote innovation, consumer welfare or the economy.”