Cruz warns of ‘ObamaCare for Internet’

by Julian Hattem  |  published on November 11, 2014

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President Obama’s call for tougher rules that would treat the Internet like a utility are coming under fire from Republicans, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) likening them to “Obamacare for the Internet.”

Cruz and other Republicans argued Obama’s proposal represents a regulatory power grab that would undermine Internet freedom and raise costs.

“‘Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet,” Cruz said on Twitter Monday morning. “The Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who is expected to become the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee next year, added his fear that Obama’s demand “would turn the Internet into a government-regulated utility and stifle our nation’s dynamic and robust Internet sector with rules written nearly 80 years ago for plain old telephone service.”

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