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REP. DOUG COLLINS TO CHALLENGE FCC RULING WITH DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION

REP. DOUG COLLINS TO CHALLENGE FCC RULING WITH DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION

Georgian’s Bill Would Override Federal Internet Restrictions

   

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) will introduce a Resolution of Disapproval in response to today’s Federal Communications Commission announcement that the agency will impose new Internet restrictions, stifling technological innovation and economic growth, said the Congressman in a statement announcing his plan:

“The FCC is proposing a federal takeover of the Internet, adding layers of slow-moving bureaucracy to high-speed communications. The Commission made its decision under pressure from the Administration and special interest groups, which would prefer to pick political winners and losers. My Resolution would prevent such a grave mistake that threatens to reverse our country’s technological progress, as well as to grant the government power to regulate free speech.”

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to cancel some federal regulations by an expedited legislative process. Importantly, the Senate could pass Rep. Collins’ Resolution of Disapproval, a first step under the CRA, with a simple majority that prevents a filibuster.

Rep. Collins, from Northeast Georgia, cited his rural district’s broadband development needs as a major factor in his decision to fight FCC regulations. “These cumbersome new Internet rules will not only thwart entrepreneurialism but also slow deployment of broadband infrastructure the Ninth District is counting on,” said the House Judiciary Committee member.

“Our next generation in the Ninth District is relying on a free and open Internet to pursue its dreams and ambitions, just like the rest of the country.”

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