(The following is re-posted by permission from Info Tech and Telecom News. IT&T News is a project of the Heartland Institute.)

By Bruce Edward Walker

Recent attempts to regulate the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission have prompted Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to introduce "The Freedom for Consumer Choice Act." Cosponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the bill would require the FCC to prove that a clear need exists before asserting regulatory authority and would oblige the commission to provide analyses of potential costs such intervention might impose.

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"I am cosponsoring the FCC Act because I believe we need a safeguard to prevent unelected federal bureaucrats ... (read full article)

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See also:

Critics Say Google Wants Internet Access - Just Not the Bill for It

Analysis: Will (and Can) the FCC Regulate the Internet?

 

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A “bottlenecker” is someone who uses the power of the government to limit competition in the market and artificially boost their own profits. Bottleneckers use a variety of methods to achieve their goals, including tax loopholes, regulations, occupational licensing requirements, minimum wage laws and many more. The end result when these special interest bottleneckers succeed is fewer choices and higher prices for consumers, fewer job opportunities for workers and less innovation throughout the economy.

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