GOP presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have both signed on to a bill to kill the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial net neutrality rules.
Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cruz (R-Texas) are both backing the reintroduction of the Restoring Internet Freedom Act by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), according to a statement issued by Lee’s office. Lee introduced the bill Feb. 25, the day before the one-year anniversary of the FCC’s rules.
“The Internet has always been one of the best models of the free market,” Rubio said in an e-mailed statement.
Both Rubio and Lee said the economic burden of the rules would fall squarely on consumers.
“The threat of anticompetitive behavior should always be taken seriously. But it makes no sense for a five-person panel of presidential appointees to write a sweeping law aimed at solving a problem that might someday exist,” Lee said in the statement. “There are more effective, more democratic, and less intrusive ways to address anticompetitive behavior, including existing antitrust and consumer-protection laws,” he said.
Other co-sponsors include Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Tom Tillis (N.C.).
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, of which Rubio and Cruz are both members, is said to be working on a bipartisan alternative to the FCC’s rules. However, little action is likely to be taken on any net neutrality-geared legislation as Congress pivots to full-on campaign efforts later this year.
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