Biden Seeks To Takeover Internet In the Name of “Equity”

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House Republicans are forcefully pushing back against what they see as a glaring power grab by the Biden administration over the internet through the implementation of its controversial “digital discrimination” rules package. Introducing a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Republican Representatives Andrew Clyde and Buddy Carter of Georgia, supported by 65 House Republicans, are taking a stand against what they view as a clear overreach of federal authority.

The primary target of their disapproval is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) digital equity rules package, which came into effect this month as part of President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. These rules, ratified on Nov. 15, claim to prevent digital discrimination in access to broadband services based on factors such as income level, race, ethnicity, color, religion, or national origin.

Representative Clyde did not mince words, accusing the Biden administration of using the pretext of ‘equity’ to significantly expand the federal government’s control over internet services and infrastructure. He warned that the FCC’s ‘digital discrimination’ rule would grant bureaucrats unchecked regulatory authority, stifling innovation, burdening consumers, and raising legitimate concerns about censorship.

The resolution of disapproval, made possible by the CRA, provides lawmakers with the means to object to rules put forward by the administration. Critics argue that the FCC’s rules, ostensibly designed to protect civil rights and increase internet access, may paradoxically exacerbate the “digital divide.”

Representative Carter, co-leading the resolution, went even further, lambasting the Biden administration for attempting to impose its ideology through heavy-handed government controls. He accused the FCC of planning to enact broad regulations that would have a chilling effect on every aspect of the internet’s functionality. Carter contended that the FCC’s ‘Digital Discrimination’ rule would inevitably widen the digital divide by stifling future investment in broadband deployments, describing it as not only unconstitutional but also in direct contradiction to the principles of free-market capitalism.

A slew of outside groups, including Heritage Action for America, Americans for Tax Reform, Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), and Americans for Prosperity, have endorsed the GOP resolution. TPA President David Williams criticized the FCC’s order as a “massive extension of government power into broadband networks” and a misguided attempt to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

Brendan Carr, an FCC commissioner, delivered scathing criticism, characterizing the digital discrimination rules as a “breathtaking” government power grab. Carr argued that these rules would give the Administrative State effective control over all internet services and infrastructure, undermining the bedrock principles of a free and open internet.

As the House Republicans gear up to file their resolution, the heightened anti-Biden sentiment underscores the deep concerns surrounding the FCC’s overreach and the potential consequences of the ‘Digital Discrimination’ rule. The White House and the FCC have chosen not to respond to the resolution, but critics remain steadfast in their opposition, calling for a thorough reevaluation of these regulations to safeguard the principles of a free and open internet.