WASHINGTON, D.C. None - If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
That was the message Florida Senator Marco Rubio offered on the Senate floor Wednesday as he expressed his concern with a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would regulate how mobile and fixed broadband Internet providers.
"To suggest that some type of regulation is needed flies in the face of the growth of the Internet economy. This is one of the problems facing our economy and plaguing our country. We are regulating where regulation is not needed," said Rubio.
The Open Internet Order establishes 3 basic rules: transparency, meaning providers must disclose management and operating practices to consumers, no blocking, meaning providers can't block lawful content or devices on their network, and no unreasonable discrimination. Rubio says the Internet has been flourishing for years without government intervention, so why start now?
"Imagine that. The government has stayed out. It's taken the 'light touch' approach and the industry has prospered as a result."
Rubio worries that government regulations will lower quality and increase costs for providers, meaning higher costs for consumers.