Mitch McConnell: Used to Be “Bipartisan Consensus” for Light Regulation of the Internet

Mitch McConnell

I don’t have to tell colleagues how important the internet and other wireless technologies have been in our modern society…. It is important to remember that these groundbreaking technological advances didn’t just come about because of government mandates or heavy-handed bureaucracy; they grew out of an environment that allowed for, and actually encouraged, innovation. From the Clinton years onward, there was a bipartisan consensus that we should maintain the kind of light regulatory touch that allows this innovation to thrive in the first place in order to open the door to further advancements.

—Sen. Mitch McConnell (R–KY)

The Internet, Senate Floor, May 18, 2017

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