While taking questions at an Iowa pizza joint over the weekend, Bush weighed in on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent move to impose utility-style rules for the Internet, which have been blasted by Republicans and major cable companies.
“The idea of regulating access to the Internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever heard,” he said, according to multiple reports.
Bush’s potential challengers in a crowded GOP presidential field have largely offered similar lines, worrying that the tough rules amount to unnecessary government regulation of the Internet.
In Iowa, Bush also echoed a common refrain that President Obama had “steamrolled” the FCC by openly endorsing the tough utility-style rules in a high profile video and through staffers’ work at the White House. Republican have worried that the FCC — a legally independent agency — has lost its legitimacy due to the new Web rules.
“I hope that Congress acts” to reverse the rules, Bush added, according to Time.
Obama has been a staunch supporter of net neutrality since his first run for president in 2008, and was a strong backer of the tough rules ahead of the FCC’s vote in February. Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton — the presumptive Democratic frontrunner for president — has also endorsed the FCC’s action, which she last month called “a value statement” in support of online freedom.