Boehner Says FCC’s Internet Regulation Would Kill Jobs, Undermine Economy

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | December 21, 2010 | 4:24 PM EST

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio addresses the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Sept. 30, 2010. (AP File Photo/J. David Ake)

( – House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to regulate the Internet would destroy jobs and undermine the U.S. economy.

“Today’s action by the FCC will hurt our economy, stifle private-sector job creation, and undermine the entrepreneurship and innovation of Internet-related American employers,” Boehner said in a statement.

The FCC voted 3-2 for the new rules, known as “net neutrality,” which are meant to prohibit broadband companies from interfering with Internet traffic. Broadband providers would be required to let subscribers access all legal online content, applications and services on their wired networks, including online calling services, Internet video and other Web applications that compete with their core businesses, the Associated Press reported.

“The American people are asking ‘Where are the jobs?’ They aren’t asking for yet another government takeover that imposes more job-killing federal regulations and puts bureaucrats in charge of the Internet,” Boehner added.

Boehner pledged that the House would work to reverse the FCC’s action.

“Federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of regulating the Internet, and the new House majority will work to reverse this unnecessary and harmful federal government power grab next year.”