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Congress, Bring the FCC’s Authority up to Speed

On Tuesday, March 6, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass a bill to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an agency with expansive authority that’s been running on autopilot in many ways since Congress last reauthorized it in 1990.
The legislation, now in the Senate’s hands, comes at a pivotal time for telecommunications, with lawmakers sharply divided over whether federal bureaucrats should play a central role in deciding the Internet’s future. Hopefully, Congress recognizes that the FCC’s costly regulations hinder not only Internet businesses and their competitors, but limit consumers’ access to information and drive up prices.
Under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC has worked hard over the past year to undo obsolete regulations, modernize its internal processes, and reverse its disastrous decision in 2015 to subject Internet service providers to public utility regulation. But the agency itself can do only so much to promote economic

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