Notable Quotes

“The report also likens the need to build out the ‘broadband infrastructure’ with the past century’s push to advance commerce and mobility through creation of the nation’s highway system. But broadband networks have been built with billions of dollars from companies in the private sector with a legitimate right to extract profit from well-placed investments. These initiatives — and yes, the profit motive — have resulted in remarkable leaps in a few short years. No one can reasonably predict what innovations lie ahead, including those that may make service to rural and poor communities more accessible — without the need to entice companies with public dollars to service these markets.” – Washington Post Editorial, March 21, 2010

“53% Oppose FCC Regulation of the Internet.  Just 27% of Americans now believe the Federal Communications Commission should regulate the Internet like it does television and radio. That marks a 22-point drop in support for federal regulation of the Internet since June 2008.” – Rasmussen Reports, April 11, 2010

“But Mr. Genachowski’s promise to put in place safeguards so broadband companies are subjected to ‘only a handful’ of phone regulations is hardly reassuring. Even if he keeps his word, what prevents future FCC Chairmen from reversing course? If Google or some other big political donor doesn’t get its way, its lobbyists will descend on the White House or Congress, which will lobby the FCC, which may well do their bidding… Autos, health care, energy, Wall Street and now telecom. Is there any American industry this Administration doesn’t want to run?” Wall Street Journal Editorial, May 8, 2010

“Once the government gets its regulatory nose under the tent of private industry, it isn’t long before the rest of the camel follows. This is particularly worrisome as a threat to free speech. The First Amendment offers broad protections to the press from government interference. Increasingly, publications covered by the First Amendment are moving to the Internet.” – Detroit News Editorial, May 16, 2010

“The businesses that construct and maintain these broadband lines should be allowed to manage the use of their lines without government interference. The federal appeals court said as much last month, when it decided the FCC had overreached its authority in fining Comcast for exercising that business prerogative. The FCC chairman’s proposed net neutrality rules are no less of an overreach – one that threatens significant harm to network providers.”- The Daily News Editorial, May 19, 2010

“Favoring the expected new FCC intervention are such heavy Internet users as Google and eBay, which think they should have unrestricted access to whatever ISP services they want, as enforced by the government. They are mistaken. They would be hurt, too, by FCC meddling that would discourage future investment in infrastructure by the ISPs. Because if the ISPs can’t control their own property, why should they make it better? And haven’t things been working pretty well since the Internet took off in 1995?” – Orange County Register Editorial, May 18, 2010

“The fight has evolved into a fundamental debate over the best interests of a fast-evolving (and increasingly essential) tool of modern society: Who knows best how to make the Internet thrive? The companies that for now are willing to invest billions of dollars in the Internet’s future? Or a federal commission claiming the best of intentions and promising a “third way” of light-fingered regulation?  The best way to protect the public’s interest in the future of the Internet is to assure that the people with an enormous financial stake in that future continue to expand that investment and, in the process, expand the reach and power of the product itself.” – The Arizona Republic Editorial, May 17, 2010

“Genachowski’s approach is ominous, and not only because it would…hinder development of one of the economy’s most vibrant sectors. Even if the worst-case scenarios spun by providers don’t come to pass, this gambit could be the opening shot in a long, disruptive court battle over the FCC’s jurisdiction over the Web. It’s a prospect that would likely retard significant new investment in the Internet.” -  Kansas City Star Editorial, May 13, 2010

“The success of the Internet is a perfect example of what happens when entrepreneurship and innovation are allowed to flourish, but today’s decision will undermine its success and hurt our economy.  The American people are asking ‘Where are the jobs?’  They aren’t asking for yet another government takeover that imposes new job-killing federal regulations and puts bureaucrats in charge of the Internet.  Congress should listen to the American people and act to reverse this unnecessary federal government power grab.” – Republican Leader John Boehner, May 6, 2010, Official Statement

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