Obama-Appointed FCC Commish: Regs ‘Far Exceed’ Net Neutrality

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly (R), who was nominated to serve on the FCC by President Obama said that new FCC regulations “far [exceed] any type of situation that would be present under the net neutrality debate. We have given the power to the commission to impose 1930s regulations” on Thursday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.

“The solution that we adopted today far exceeds any type of situation that would be present under the Net Neutrality debate. We have given the power to the Commission to impose 1930s regulations on the Internet and Internet broadband providers and that will have an impact on Internet speeds, it’ll have an impact on deployment…providers are going to need the Commission’s approval for so many activities before they can move forward, and we saw that today in the number of conversations and what they’re going to need the Commission to bless before they’re allowed to bring new services and innovation forward” he stated.

O’Rielly added, “I’m extremely concerned that the breadth of the regulations will be imposed on broadband Internet access providers. Not only in terms of the progressions they are going to need from the commission ahead of time, but also in terms of new fees and taxes.” And “providers are going to be leery about bringing new services and innovation, and increasing speeds without Commission approval.”

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