The Republicans cried foul in changes brought about by the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday.
The commission, after a controversial meeting, has voted 3-2 in favor of a net neutrality plan, a proposal that remained as a secret until its final vote.
According to Fox News, Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai had been particularly belligerent over the proposal, claiming it to be a “monumental shift” to “government control of the Internet.”
Republican Michael O’Rielly echoed Pai, calling the plan, a “monumental and unlawful power grab.”
Pai accused the Federal Communications Commission of falling in line with Obama as measure of listening to the dictates of the president. According to him, the FCC revised their past stance because “President Obama told us to do so.”
Republican lawmakers were critical of the proposal, even foreseeing it will be detrimental to the Internet revolution.
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., “The Obama Administration needs to get beyond its 1930s rotary-telephone mindset and embrace the future.”
Republicans are determined to pass the bill with modified content, even if they are skeptical that the modified bill will be signed into law by the President.
Pai warned of slower Internet speed and higher costs. He cited Europe, where Internet being treated as public utility results in slower speeds.
“The order explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes,” he said. “Read my lips: More new taxes are coming. It’s just a matter of when.”
The FCC ratified open Internet rules in 2010, but its legal approach was struck down. The officials of the FCC are exerting effort to remove legal ambiguity that stops classifying the Internet as an “information service” but a “telecommunications service,” enacted by Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.
The power of the regulators, in such case, is enhanced dramatically over the industry. It would require providers to act in the interest of the public with the provision of the FCC fining them in case of employing “unreasonable” business practices.