FOR RELEASE: Feb. 5, 2015

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., Feb. 5, 2015 – Media Institute President Patrick Maines issued the following statement today in response to a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to apply Title II public utility regulation to the Internet:

“Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to enforce net neutrality through Title II means that, going forward, the Internet will no longer be free of government control and regulation.

“Historians may one day note the hypocrisy of a regulatory scheme put in place by an allegedly independent agency, in direct consequence of the tandem lobbying efforts of the White House and Google.”

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