Sen. Cruz Cosponsors Bill to Keep the Internet Free
Sen. Lees Restoring Internet Freedom Act would repeal so-called net neutrality rules
February 26, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday joined Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in introducing the Restoring Internet Freedom Act (S. 2602), which would repeal the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules that put the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service, and what types of products and services can be delivered. The bill also prevents the FCC from implementing similar rules in the future.
“So-called net neutrality leads to fewer choices, fewer opportunities, and higher prices for consumers,” Sen. Cruz said. “If the FCC turns the Internet into a regulated public utility, the innovation and creativity that has characterized the Internet from its dawn will inevitably be stifled.”
Cruz continued: “The Internet has long been a haven for entrepreneurial freedom, and the next generation of Internet-connected devices, apps, and services will generate trillions of dollars of global economic growth in the years ahead. I am honored to join Sen. Mike Lee in leading this effort to keep the Internet free from federal government regulation.”
Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) have joined Sen. Cruz as cosponsors of Sen. Lee’s Restoring Internet Freedom Act. The full text of the bill is available here.