‘In the guise of “digital equity,” President Biden has called for the FCC to exercise a degree of control over Internet services and infrastructure that we have never seen before,’ an FCC commissioner tells the Sun.
The Biden administration may soon implement sweeping regulations that would give it control of the internet, analysts are warning ahead of the Federal Communications Commission’s November 15 vote on the proposed rules.
“In the guise of ‘digital equity,’ President Biden has called for the FCC to exercise a degree of control over Internet services and infrastructure that we have never seen before,” an FCC commissioner, Brendan Carr, tells the Sun in an email.
“It will give the Administrative State the power to micromanage nearly every aspect of how the Internet works,” he adds. “These types of command and control regulations will only make it harder for Internet infrastructure and services to be built out and could make our networks look more like the sluggish networks that consumers in Europe have to deal with.”
The Democratic-controlled FCC says the new rules would “prevent discrimination in access to broadband services based on income level, race, ethnicity, color, religion, and national origin.”
“We recognize that the ultimate goal of this proceeding is to facilitate equal access to broadband just as the law says,” the FCC chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, says.
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