Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), Republican Leader on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, released the following statement on today’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on net neutrality.
“The decision by the D.C. Circuit Court to uphold the FCC’s light-touch regulation and transparency rule is undoubtedly the right one. Reversing the Obama-era FCC’s top-down utility-style approach has led to increased investment that ultimately benefits consumers. That being said, the uncertainty that continues to plague this issue needs to come to an end. Congress should pass bipartisan legislation that protects a free and open Internet while providing regulatory stability to providers.
“Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee have shown our willingness to come to the table by introducing three bills that had traditionally enjoyed Democratic support. Unfortunately, the majority chose to go it alone earlier this year, and we’ve seen very little progress since.
“I’m hopeful that today’s ruling provides the impetus to bring both sides together to find a legislative solution that provides a permanent fix to this issue, once and for all.”