“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that he opposes the Federal Communications Commission’s attempts to regulate broadband Internet providers… the likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate argued that the FCC’s decision last month to approve the strongest-ever rules on net neutrality would ‘stifle competition, stifle innovation,'” Zeke J Miller reports for TIME Magazine. “”

“‘The idea of regulating access to the Internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever heard,’ he said. It was the first time Bush had weighed in on the subject since the FCC voted,” Miller reports. “‘Just think of the logic of using a 1934 law that was designed when we did have a monopoly for wireline service as the basis to regulate the most dynamic part of life in America,’ Bush said. ‘It’s not going to be good for consumers. It’s certainly not going to be good for innovation.'”

Miller reports, “Bush accused Obama of ‘steamrolling’ the independent FCC by calling on it to make the decision. ‘I hope that Congress acts on this’ to reverse it, he added.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote over eight years ago:

We don’t presume to know the best way to get there, but we support the concept of “Net Neutrality” especially as it pertains to preventing the idea of ISP’s blocking or otherwise impeding sites that don’t pay the ISP to ensure equal access. That said, we usually prefer the government to be hands-off wherever possible, Laissez-faire, except in cases where the free market obviously cannot adequately self-regulate (antitrust, for just one example). Regulations are static and the marketplace is fluid, so extensive regulations can have unintended, unforeseen results down the road. We sincerely hope that there are enough forces in place and/or that the balances adjust in such a manner as to keep the ‘Net neutral.

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