If Senator Tim Scott’s form letter on Net Neutrality didn’t say much, Senator Lyndsey Graham’s says even less. Unlike Senator Scott’s, only the first paragraph is subject specific. The final three are his form letter boilerplate. Senator Graham isn’t staking out a position. He is simply defending Congress’ power relative to the FCC, something he is usually loathe to do when it comes to the executive branch. Congress can act to declare internet service providers as common carriers; but will they?
I’d like to add a brief moment to address Senator Graham’s office on the matter of etiquette. Senator Graham and I are not on a first name basis.
Thank you for contacting me regarding net neutrality. The D.C. Circuit’s decision in Verizon v. FCC cast doubt on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) regulatory reach regarding the Internet. I am pleased the Court held the FCC’s rules were a serious regulatory overreach and believe elected members of Congress rather than government bureaucrats should address issues of net neutrality. As the Senate considers this issue, I will keep your comments in mind.
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