Boehner decries net neutrality, debt auctions in speech to broadcasters
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched on several tech points in his speech to the National Association of Religious Broadcasters and spoke out against the idea of auctioning the national debt.
“For a small business, for entrepreneurs like yourselves, borrowing is a life-and-death decision. The kids, the vendors, the customers, the bank – you calculate all the angles. You go the second mile," Boehner said. “Well, the government auctions off our debt on about a weekly basis downtown at the Treasury Department. You can go on your iPad ahead of time, call up all the information online. Everything’s automated, mostly done through conference calls and online interfaces."
He added that it was a "cold and unfeeling" procedure.
The speaker also came out swinging against the FCC and net neutrality, promising to fight a government takeover of the Internet. He echoed the assertion of Republican colleague Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) that net neutrality is a version of the Fairness Doctrine for the online era.
“Now, you know the old saying: ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.’ Well in Washington, it’s more like, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, tax ’em and regulate ’em," Boehner said in his speech. “So, some members of Congress and the federal bureaucracy are still trying to reinstate – and even expand – the Fairness Doctrine. To them, it’s fair to silence ideas and voices they don’t agree with, and use the tools of government to do it. "
| February 28, 2011; 12:24 PM ET
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