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Net Neutrality May Hit Infrastructure Investment, Simington Says

Feb. 16, 2021, 6:32 PM

Restoring Obama-era net neutrality rules could curb broadband infrastructure investment, Republican FCC commissioner Nathan Simington warned in a speech Tuesday.

The rules, which reclassified broadband internet as a utility-style service under Title II of the Communications Act, may “chill infrastructure construction, maintenance and modernization,” Nathan Simington said in remarks to the Free State Foundation.

The Democratic-controlled FCC is seen as likely to reclassify broadband as a Title II service, which would allow it to reinstate the rules requiring broadband providers to treat almost all internet traffic that flows on their networks equally. In 2017, the then-GOP led FCC repealed the...

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