Republicans aren’t happy with the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to regulate the Internet like telephone service, and they’re going out of their way to make sure people know it.
The latest broadside comes from within the FCC itself, with Republican commissioner Ajit Pai using a press conference Tuesday to lay into Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal onNet neutrality, or the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Pai argues that the proposed new regulations would give the government too much power over the Internet.
“The American people are being misled about President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet,” Pai said, suggesting that the White House exerted undue influence over the agency.
Michael O’Rielly, the only other Republican commissioner on the five-member FCC, echoed Pai’s statement, adding that the information the FCC has offered publicly about its Net neutrality proposal is not the full truth.