Biden Grilled By GOP For Weaponizing Digital Equity Rules

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 January 31, 2024

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced "rules to prevent digital discrimination of access to broadband services based on income level, race, ethnicity, color, religion, or national origin."

However, Republicans say that the move is simply an attempt to weaponize regulations against Americans. 

FCC rule is needed for "equitable broadband deployment"

The FCC says the rules are aimed at "directly addressing companies' policies and practices if they differentially impact consumers' access to broadband internet access service or are intended to do so."

This, the federal regulator claims, is necessary "to ensure communities see equitable broadband deployment, network upgrades, and maintenance."

While the rule change has been publicly touted by Vice President Kamala Harris, Republican legislators say it amounts to weaponization of the executive branch on behalf of a political agenda.

According to Fox News, the critics include Georgia Republican Rep. Buddy Carter, who is co-leading a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

Carter: "The Biden administration is attempting to push its ideology"

Passed in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness, the CRA allows Congress to block regulations if it passes a resolution which is either signed by the president or has enough votes to override his veto.

"Yet again, the Biden administration is attempting to push its ideology through heavy-handed government controls," Carter said in a statement provided to Fox News.

"This time, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to enact widespread regulations on every aspect of our internet's functionality," the lawmaker continued.

Carter maintained that the  "FCC 'Digital Discrimination' rule will undoubtedly widen the digital divide by stifling future investment in broadband deployments."

Fellow GOP lawmaker says new rules will negatively impact consumers

"Not only is it unconstitutional, but it goes against the very core of free market capitalism. Congress must block the FCC’s totalitarian overreach," he insisted.

Fellow Georgia Republican Andrew Clyde has joined Carter in sponsoring the resolution, and he says the FCC's rule will make internet services less available to all Americans.

"The FCC’s so-called 'digital discrimination' rule hands bureaucrats unmitigated regulatory authority that will undoubtedly impede innovation, burden consumers, and generate censorship concerns," Clyde told Fox News.

"Under the guise of 'equity,' the Biden Administration is attempting to radically expand the federal government’s control of all internet services and infrastructure," the Republican insisted.

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