By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Another Obama-era regulation was scrapped when the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its landmark net neutrality rules on Thursday. Republicans have been campaigning along to deregulate the broadband industry and voted 3 to 2 along party lines to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules. Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced this support for the decision to reduce broadband regulation.
“Another important point on why I believe it was important to roll back the FCC’s heavy-handed ‘net neutrality’ regulations: the regulations have hurt competition,” Byrne said on social media. “Who benefits from confusing and burdensome regulations? Big companies who can hire lawyers and specialists to comply with them. That hurts start-ups and small companies who want to provide broadband services, especially in rural communities. Since these regulations passed in 2015, broadband investment has fallen for two years in a row. This is why we need less government regulation and intervention.”