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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Page H6479]
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  (Mr. BIGGS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. BIGGS. Mr. Speaker, during my “Freedom Fridays” series, each week I highlight burdensome regulations that limit American freedom. This week, my focus is on the Obama administration's net neutrality policy.

The internet is one of the greatest innovations ever. This has largely been possible because of the Federal Government's regulatory absence from the industry. Yet the Obama administration, in one of many cases of overregulation, took a radical step to inappropriately insert government interference.

In 2015, the FCC adopted a rule to reclassify internet service providers as “common carriers” under title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This reclassification caused undue burdens for American ISPs and consumers.

The Trump administration has been supportive of rolling back the Obama-era regulation. Now Congress needs to limit the authority of Federal bureaucrats and preserve a free and open internet. We should repeal the 2015 rule and prevent the FCC from issuing a similar rule.

Mr. Speaker, I strongly urge my colleagues to join me in restoring internet freedom. ____________________


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