GOP rep sees a role for government in regulating Internet traffic


Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) suggested there is some role for government in regulating Internet lines, however, he slammed the net-neutrality rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month.

Goodlatte said in a speech at the State of the Net conference that the FCC chose a "one size fits all approach" to Internet traffic. 

"The Internet is too dynamic for that," he said. 

Goodlatte hopes technology will produce "many ways" to prevent Internet service providers from exercising too much control over Internet traffic, he said. 

He also suggested there is a role for the government in preventing anticompetitive behavior in this venue. Getting this policy correct will help "set the course for the future of the Internet," he said.

Goodlatte is the chairman of the House Judiciary IP subcommittee. 

He took a moment to commend Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), his former co-chair on the Internet Caucus who was not reelected. He also said he is happy to have Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) fill that role.