FCC commissioner blasts his agency for over-regulation


McDowell was particularly critical of net-neutrality regulations adopted by the FCC last December that aim to prevent Internet providers from discriminating against certain kinds of content.

“Those rules are unnecessary at best, and will deter investment in badly needed next-generation infrastructure at worst,” he said.

President Obama issued an executive order in January requiring agencies to use the least burdensome methods to achieve their regulatory goals. In a hearing last month, Cass Sunstein from the Office of Management and Budget testified that independent agencies such as the FCC are not required to follow the president’s order, but believed that they should.