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Robert McDowell Discusses FCC Net Neutrality Proceeding With FOX’s Maria Bartiromo

FOX Business Network
September 15, 2014

Wiley Rein partner Robert M. McDowell was interviewed September 10 by FOX Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) pending net neutrality proceeding.  Mr. McDowell, the former FCC commissioner who joined Wiley Rein’s preeminent Communications Practice last week, noted that previous FCC efforts to regulate Internet traffic have been struck down twice by the courts.

“What’s great about today’s Internet is that it’s doing beautifully without the help of government, thank you very much,” he said in the televised interview.  “There’s nothing broken that needs fixing.”

Nevertheless, “the proponents of net neutrality really want the FCC to have broad powers over the Internet, treat it like a utility,” he said.  “That creates tremendous uncertainty, and we don’t know what the unintended consequences are of new rules, especially when they’re new rules that come out of whole cloth, that come out of thin air where the FCC has no authority from Congress to do anything.  It’s really a bad mix.”

To watch the interview, please click here.