Hutchison Profoundly Disappointed with FCC Chairman’s Efforts to Reclassify Broadband Services

“This is about imposing restrictions on how companies manage and maintain their investments.”

May 6, 2010

Hutchison PortraitWASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today expressed her disappointment in Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s decision to reclassify broadband services under an outdated regulatory framework.  During a committee hearing last month, Senator Hutchison told Chairman Genachowski that if the FCC reclassified broadband without a directive from Congress, and without a thorough analysis of the facts and the potential consequences to investment, the legitimacy of the agency would be seriously compromised.  Senator Hutchison made the following statement:

“I am profoundly disappointed with the Chairman’s decision.  The desire by some to pursue net neutrality must not trump our need for a predictable regulatory framework that encourages continuing investment in communications networks.  This decision is not a middle ground, this is about imposing restrictions on how private companies manage and maintain their investments.

“The Internet has grown and flourished without burdensome federal regulations because it has been able to evolve to meet rapid changes without government roadblocks holding up progress.  I continue to believe that there is a way to preserve the openness of the Internet as a platform for innovation and economic growth without a prescriptive regulatory intervention by the government.  Government regulation of the Internet is in nobody’s interest.  I am still hopeful we can turn from this course and I will work constructively to identify an alternative approach.”

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