SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch, current member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, made the following statement Monday on net neutrality:
In a 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed about the importance of net neutrality, I wrote that ‘the Internet has grown because of a virtuous and mutually beneficial circle: network operators provide ever-increasing speed and bandwidth; content providers one-up each other with game-changing innovations; and consumers adapt and adopt at lightning speed.’ In the five years since, the Internet has only continued to expand. Yet the President now seeks to use 80-year-old regulations to control that incredible growth. It’s not 1934, and we are not dealing with telephones you hold in two parts. I’m proud of the work Senate Republicans have done to lay out an agenda for encouraging growth and innovation here in America, and we must defend against the use of a decades-old regulatory framework that would hurt that progress.
As chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, Hatch has been a strong voice for net neutrality. In the next Congress, Hatch will focus on a pro-tech, pro-innovation agenda that relies heavily on a free and open internet.
Submitted by the Offices of Orrin Hatch
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