Dear Mr. Bateson:
Thank you for contacting me about network neutrality.
As you may know, on May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to move ahead with proposed new rules regulating how broadband companies deliver content over the Internet. This started a public comment period on the new rules. You may submit your comments at www.fcc.gov/comments.
I understand your concerns about telecommunications companies charging additional fees for Internet-based services or blocking service altogether. However, the government must use caution when imposing any new federal mandate on the private sector. In the past, I have opposed rules attempting to enforce network neutrality. This push for network neutrality gives the government more control over the Internet and suppresses free market growth. It is important that Congress strike the proper balance between free markets and regulation, and I tend to favor less federal regulation.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again in the future. I also encourage you to visit my website, which may be found at flake.senate.gov.
United States Senator