Gardner Decries Obama's Internet Takeover

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) 3-2 vote approving broad new federal internet regulations:

“It is extremely disappointing that the FCC has chosen this route. Instead of working with Congress to come up with a smart, permanent, legislative solution, the theoretically-independent FCC has pushed through President Obama’s internet takeover plan on a purely partisan vote. Once again, the Obama administration is ignoring the proper lawmaking process and opting for unilateral action. The internet has been a critical source of innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development in our country. Now that the heavy hand of government regulation has inserted itself into the web, that progress is threatened.

“The FCC has chosen a path that leads to lawsuits, protracted disputes, and bad results for internet users. Worse, they did this without presenting their plan to the public before voting on it. I will pursue every legislative path available to fight this takeover, and I hold out hope that a solution which protects users while ensuring that our internet economy thrives can be reached.”