*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *Tuesday, June 14, 2016
*Sen. Lee Comments on DC Circuit’s Net Neutrality Decision*
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday in
response to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold the Federal
Communications Commission’s net neutrality regulation.
“I was disappointed in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold
the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, a regulation that has already led to a
decline in innovation at the expense of ordinary Americans.
“Judge Williams’ 69-page dissent will not be forgotten though, particularly
his conclusion that: ‘the Commission’s unreasoned patchwork … shunts
broadband service into the legal track suited to natural monopolies.’ This
will only result in a far less free and open Internet, as it ensures
government protection of incumbent firms.
“Today’s decision reinforces the importance of the Restoring Internet
Freedom Act, a bill that I recently introduced in the Senate, which aims to
nullify the FCC’s Open Internet Order in order to foster the development of
a more democratic, fact-based, and economically reasonable approach to
ensuring transparency and consumer protection in the Internet ecosystem.
“Today’s decision also illustrates the dysfunction that arises when
Congress delegates vast discretionary authority to unelected federal
bureaucrats, and points to the need for Congress to reclaim its lawmaking
powers currently exercised by rule-writing agencies in the Executive
Branch. To that end, earlier this year I joined nine of my colleagues to
launch the Article 1 Project: a new network of House and Senate
conservatives working together on a new agenda of government reform and
“The policies advanced by A1P members seek to reassert Congress’s
legislative authority, ensuring that the American people’s elected
representatives are responsible, and accountable, for the country’s laws.”