"The election results ought to give pause to Chairman Wheeler," said Randolph May, president of the Free State Foundation in a statement following the Republican's pick-up of at least a dozen seats in the House and the majority in the Senate. "The country obviously is in no mood to approve of a federal government agency that seems too eager to regulate in the absence of no demonstrable consumer harm or market failure."
That includes network neutrality rules the foundation has long argued were unnecessary and even potentially detrimental to innovation and investment.
"Wheeler ought to pivot rather quickly away from his position that Title II regulation of Internet providers is on the table and make clear it's off the table," he said.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.