Washington, D.C., March 12, 2015 – Fred Campbell, Director of the Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology, issued the following statement regarding the public release of the Federal Communications Commission net neutrality order:
“Just how long is the FCC’s net discrimination order? Four-hundred pages, including Commissioner statements. It turns out that writing discriminatory Internet regulations takes more than a light touch.
And that’s just the beginning. More ink will be spilled during the inevitable court, agency, and commercial battles over the meaning of those 400 pages while Internet investment and innovation suffer the consequences of the ensuing uncertainty.The free and open Internet that once rejected kings, presidents, and voting in favor of rough consensus and writing code has finally been subjugated by the most inexorable master of 20th Century governance — bureaucracy. Rough consensus is now whatever the FCC says, give or take a few hundred pages.
The FCC’s order gives Congress another 400 reasons to reign in the agency’s bureaucratic power grab and adopt a few simple rules for governing 21st Century networks.”