Latta Raises Concerns about Net Neutrality, Rural Telecommunications at FCC Hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, today questioned the five Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at a subcommittee hearing. Latta raised concerns about the FCC’s decision to reclassify the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act. He also addressed the FCC’s new threshold for broadband speeds and how this will deter investment and competitiveness in rural broadband markets, like parts of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District.
“The communications and technology industry is a beacon of success and productivity and a bright spot in our economy, as it rapidly advances and evolves to meet consumer demands,” said Latta. “Given the FCC’s integral role in the broadband marketplace, it is critical that the agency is transparent, efficient and accountable.
“I am concerned about the direction the FCC has taken in regard to reclassification of the Internet. Abandoning the successful light-touch regulatory approach will negatively impact the industry’s flexibility and deter future investment, innovation and job creation. The FCC’s handling of this issue was not transparent and represents a regulatory overreach that will have lasting negative consequences.
“The FCC’s new threshold for broadband speeds will also deter growth and competitiveness in rural markets. This decision was unnecessary and will have unfair repercussions on consumers and businesses in these areas. I would caution the FCC to rethink both of these decisions and instead work with Congress to put forward sound policies that will strengthen our communications and technology laws, so the United States can continue to be a leader in these areas.”