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WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its decision to regulate Internet service as a public utility:

“Once again Washington bureaucrats think the solution to a problem is additional regulations and once again they are wrong. The growth that we have witnessed in e-commerce and mobile technology has come about as a result of innovative answers to market demands, not heavy-handed government mandates. This outdated approach will only stifle future technological advances, open the door to costly litigation and ultimately lead to job losses in an industry that should be creating the next generation of career opportunities.” 

Background: In 3-2 party-line decision, the FCC ruled that it will regulate Internet service like a utility. The vote puts an end to rulemaking period prompted by a federal appeals court ruling last January, which tossed out previous regulations dating from 2010