ACU Welcomes Official Restoration of Internet Freedom, Praises FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Fellow Commissioners, Calls Out Failed Hyperbole from the Left

ALEXANDRIA, VA- The American Conservative Union (ACU) welcomed the official repeal of Obama-era regulations imposed on the internet taking effect today. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to restore internet freedom has finally become a reality and we thank the Chairman and fellow Republican FCC Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr for their hard work on this issue.

The Chairman and his colleagues have faced a barrage of relentless attacks from the Left, as well as ridiculous hyperbole about the “world coming to an end” when the order takes effect. Influential voices on the Left, from Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) to Democrat Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), gave dire predictions about the end of the internet for Americans all over the country. Turns out their predictions were merely a ploy to motivate liberal activists with the usual scare tactics.  

Today the internet returns to a place where people will be able to use the internet without government interference and censorship, and a place where investment and opportunities for innovation will be encouraged and embraced.  

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s heavy-handed imposition of government internet controls was the wrong approach. ACU has been proud to stand with Chairman Pai, and Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr for their unwavering commitment to making the internet a place where ideas thrive and where innovation will fuel the current economic upswing.  

Finally as these regulations are repealed, in order to fully undo the damage from the Obama-Wheeler order, ACU continues to oppose any CRA in Congress to restore those regulations. We have made it clear that any Congressional action taken must prevent any future attempts to impose government regulation over the internet, while also ensuring the free market can flourish and innovation can continue to thrive.