As the 115th Congress came to an end, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai took note of the end of its effort to invalidate the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order through the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
“I’m pleased that a strong bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives declined to reinstate heavy-handed Internet regulation,” Pai said. “They did the right thing—especially considering the positive results for American consumers since the adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order.”
Pai cited several things that he felt are the result of keeping the internet “free and open.” Fiber was made available to more new homes in 2018 than in any previous year. For example, a recent report by the Fiber Broadband Association. Broadband speeds are up, with download speeds increasing more than 35 percent in 2018, according to a recent report from Ookla.
“Internet access is also expanding, and the digital divide is closing,” he said. “In short, the FCC’s light-touch approach is working. In 2019, we’ll continue to pursue our forward-looking agenda to bring digital opportunity to all Americans.”