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Pledging to fight an “Internet takeover,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced on Thursday that he will introduce legislation to weaken the “activist bureaucracy” at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after the agency moved toward boosting its authority over broadband service providers at a morning meeting.
Blasting the FCC’s decision as a “power grab,” DeMint called for a neutered FCC govered by sun-sets on regulations and slowed by new standards for agency action.
“Obama’s FCC is now changing the rules to takeover and tax the Internet,” DeMint said, calling the commission’s latest move an example “of government agencies overstepping their bounds and creating their own laws without Congressional authority.”
DeMint bases his bill on legislation he introduced in 2005 to comprehensively update communications law, a process that last occurred in 1996.