Oregon Congressman Greg Walden,
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, responded to the Federal Communications Commission’s release of its Depression-era rules to regulate the Internet.
“The world finally gets to read and understand just what the White House, acting by proxy via a partisan FCC vote, has done to impose the federal government’s heavy hand to regulate the Internet as a utility. We look forward to working our way through the 300+ pages of this Washington manifesto. Our six-page draft legislation could prevent abuses and promote robust Internet investment – all without the overreach included in the FCC’s order,”Walden said, along with Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.).
Walden is the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which has oversight jurisdiction of the FCC. A long-time proponent of a free and open internet, Walden has proposed draft legislation to protect consumers and the Internet without resorting to the FCC’s utility-style regulation.
The proposal provides clear rules of the road and guarantees that Internet users will continue to be the decision makers for the content they want, while ensuring that innovation and investment continue to fuel the robust future of the Internet. Most importantly, this legislation avoids lengthy court battles that will surely come from the FCC’s controversial regulation proposal. For more information on Walden’s proposal, please click here and here.