Wrecking the Internet?

Rep. Bob Goodlatte
2015-04-02 09:21:19
Rep. Bob Goodlatte FCC's Net Neutrality Rule Wrecks the Internet The Internet is one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in existence. It has become a cornerstone of the American economy and culture. Because of this, concerns about the future of an open and fair Internet, coined as "net neutrality," have come to light. Net neutrality may seem like a complex issue, but at the core the question is simple. Do you want more or less choice? Do you want more regulation governing the Internet? Overall, we have achieved open access to the Internet through free enterprise and competition. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration does not agree. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve the "Open Internet" order - a new regulation to enforce net neutrality. The FCC's rule is the wrong direction for the Internet. It relies on the false premise that regulation will result in increased competition. The Internet has transformed the economy and thrived precisely because of an environment of limited regulation. Increasing regulation on the rapidly growing Internet would be a mistake and undermine the intent of net neutrality, which is to maintain a free, open, and competitive Internet. The order will undoubtedly raise Internet service costs, discourage investment, slow broadband speeds, and reduce consumer choice. It's currently estimated that we will see $11 billion in new taxes and fees. Recently, I held a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee to examine the net neutrality rule. The Internet doesn't need an inflexible "one-size-fits-all" government mandate to ensure net neutrality and consumers don't need the extra costs. The key to an open and free Internet lies in strong enforcement of our nation's antitrust laws. These time-trusted laws allow for maximum flexibility and consistently demonstrate their ability to prevent anti-competitive conduct in the marketplace. We should focus on using these laws to keep the Internet open and free, not regulations that will wreck it instead. Read my full weekly column here. email.geniusmailer.com/ct/26851484:25808042621:m:3:363662820:54533409ABBBAFE89A7009EDE656AE16:r Manufacturing is Key to Local Economy It was an honor to receive the National Association of Manufacturers' Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence this week at an event hosted by Ball Corporation's Augusta County plant. Manufacturers employ over 230,000 people in Virginia. Congress must help ensure that the United States is a nation in which manufacturing will continue to thrive in order to create jobs, grow opportunity, and ensure a healthy economy. In the 114th Congress, we are already off to a good start in advancing regulatory reform and common sense solutions for America's manufacturers and the families who depend on these businesses for employment. The Sixth District is a prime candidate for many new manufacturing endeavors, and I will continue to promote a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda to help make that a reality. email.geniusmailer.com/ct/26851485:25808042621:m:3:363662820:54533409ABBBAFE89A7009EDE656AE16:r Filing Your Taxes for Free? On Monday, I was in Lynchburg for a briefing and demonstration of the Free File program, which allows eligible residents to file their state and federal taxes free of charge. It's a great example of how the private sector, community organizations, and government all play a role in helping Virginia families save more of their money during tax season. This program, provided without cost to the government, also takes the confusion out of tax preparation and keeps money in the pockets of the people who need it most. Visit taxprephelp.org to learn more. Dates to Remember April 22 - Deadline for all submissions to the Congressional Art Competition. 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FCC's Net Neutrality Rule Wrecks the Internet

The Internet is one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in existence. It has become a cornerstone of the American economy and culture. Because of this, concerns about the future of an open and fair Internet, coined as “net neutrality,” have come to light. Net neutrality may seem like a complex issue, but at the core the question is simple. Do you want more or less choice? Do you want more regulation governing the Internet? Overall, we have achieved open access to the Internet through free enterprise and competition. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration does not agree.


Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve the “Open Internet” order – a new regulation to enforce net neutrality. The FCC’s rule is the wrong direction for the Internet. It relies on the false premise that regulation will result in increased competition. The Internet has transformed the economy and thrived precisely because of an environment of limited regulation. Increasing regulation on the rapidly growing Internet would be a mistake and undermine the intent of net neutrality, which is to maintain a free, open, and competitive Internet.

The order will undoubtedly raise Internet service costs, discourage investment, slow broadband speeds, and reduce consumer choice. It’s currently estimated that we will see $11 billion in new taxes and fees. Recently, I held a hearing"in the House Judiciary Committee to examine the net neutrality rule.

The Internet doesn’t need an inflexible “one-size-fits-all” government mandate to ensure net neutrality and consumers don’t need the extra costs. The key to an open and free Internet lies in strong enforcement of our nation’s antitrust laws. These time-trusted laws allow for maximum flexibility and consistently demonstrate their ability to prevent anti-competitive conduct in the marketplace. We should focus on using these laws to keep the Internet open and free, not regulations that will wreck it instead. Read my full weekly column here.

Manufacturing is Key to the Local Economy

It was an honor to receive the National Association of Manufacturers' Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence this"week at an event hosted by Ball Corporation's Augusta County plant. Manufacturers employ over 230,000 people in Virginia. Congress must help ensure that the United States is a nation in which manufacturing will continue to thrive in order to create jobs, grow opportunity, and ensure a healthy economy. In the 114th Congress, we are already off to a good start in advancing regulatory reform and common sense solutions for America’s manufacturers and the families who depend on these businesses for employment. The Sixth District is a prime candidate for many new manufacturing endeavors, and I will continue to promote a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda to help make that a reality.

Filing Your Taxes for Free?

On Monday, I was in Lynchburg for a briefing and demonstration of the Free File program, which allows eligible residents to file their state and federal taxes free of charge. It's a great example of how the private sector, community organizations, and government all play a role in helping Virginia families save more of their money during tax season. This program, provided without cost to the government, also takes the confusion out of tax preparation and keeps money in the pockets of the people who need it most. Visit http://taxprephelp.org"to learn more.

Dates to Remember

April 22 - Deadline for all submissions to the Congressional Art Competition. Visit"my website for more information.

April 27 - The City of Roanoke will hold a Career, Lifestyle and Financial Fitness Fair in conjunction with my office as well as Congressman Morgan Griffith from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Berglund Center in the Special Events Hall located at 710 Williamson Rd.

As many prepare to celebrate this season of renewal and rebirth, may you have a safe Easter weekend with family and friends. From my family to yours, Happy Easter!

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