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Wicker Responds to President's Net Neutrality Statement

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

When it comes to the issue of "Net Neutrality," the White House is coming down on the side of consumer activists.

They're afraid that if Internet providers are allowed to charge more money to Netflix and other big sources of content -- to make sure their material is put on a fast-track -- consumers would face slower download speeds and higher costs.

President Barack Obama wants federal regulators to prohibit those arrangements.

Republicans and the nation's cable giants are denouncing the White House position, and saying it will kill jobs.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tweeted that "Net Neutrality" is, in his words, "Obamacare for the Internet." He said, "The Internet should not operate at the speed of government."

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, leading Republican of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, issued the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement on net neutrality:

“President Obama's net neutrality plan would create uncertainty, discourage investment and innovation, and threaten the online experience that Americans rely on and enjoy. His regulatory proposal would undoubtedly be tied up in the court system for the foreseeable future.

It is my hope that Chairman Wheeler will instead pursue a solution that follows the law and does not disrupt economic growth and job creation. We must work to keep the Internet free and open for everyone.And a lobbyist for the cable industry -- which supplies much of the nation's Internet access -- says a shift away from light regulation of the Internet would bring "devastating results." But an association representing content providers like Netflix, Twitter, eBay and Google is applauding Obama's statement.

Netflix says on its Facebook page that consumers -- and not "broadband gatekeepers" -- should be the ones to "pick winners and losers on the Internet."

For now there's no timetable on the plan, or deadline for the FCC to make a decision about it.

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