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New Internet Rules on Usage: Why Wicker Says the FCC Caved to Obama Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C.–A new ruling by the FCC means that you may have an avenue to complain to the government if your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is slowing your service on purpose (ever have buffering every five minutes with Netflix?). But, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said Thursday that there’s more to that ruling than meets they eye and that freedom is being tread on again by the federal government.

“I believe there are many people who are frankly stunned and saddened that the Chairman of an independent agency has taken an action which he once felt was ill-advised. It is also troubling that he was so quick to acquiesce to pressure from the Administration. I do believe this rule will be challenged in court, and it will be lengthy and costly,” said Wicker, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet.

“A Democratic member of the commission did everything she could to say, ‘Let’s slow this train down and figure out a way not to do this.’ And yet, it goes forward today with at least two Democratic-appointed members of the commission expressing serious reservations. I am disappointed that the FCC has chosen to move ahead in this manner.”

The ruling does not tax the internet or regulate content.

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