Latta, McMorris Rodgers To Tackle ‘Biden’s Broadband Takeover’


WASHINGTON, D.C. — As any elementary school student in the U.S. can learn, there’s a separation of powers in the Nation’s Capital that prohibits the White House from running a federal agency. Don’t tell that to the Republican majority on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, however.

As far as House E&C Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) see it, “President Biden’s FCC” is wreaking havoc on broadband, thanks to the party-line 3-2 passage of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking input on the return of “net neutrality” under Title II broadband classification.

McMorris and Latta will make their viewpoints loud and clear on November 30, at a just-scheduled FCC Oversight Hearing that could prove contentious.

It is a Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing; Latta is chair of the subcommittee.

And, the hearing has the biased title, “Oversight of President Biden’s Broadband Takeover.”  For Democrats on the FCC and on the Committee, including Ranking Member Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), the name of the hearing already sets the tone — one of extreme political divide with a lack of bipartisanship.

Expressing their thoughts on broadband and the decision by FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to introduce the “net neutrality” NPRM, McMorris Rodgers and Latta said in a joint statement, “The Energy and Commerce Committee has a responsibility to the American people to ensure the FCC is being a good steward of taxpayer dollars, faithfully following Congressional intent, and fostering a regulatory environment that allows our communications networks to offer faster speeds and lower costs. Unfortunately, President Biden’s FCC is attempting a government takeover of broadband by imposing burdensome new regulations that will harm people’s access to broadband, increase costs, and slow deployment.”

Rodgers and Latta then noted that they hold Rosenworcel and the other FCC commissioners accountable “for their partisan efforts to micro-manage Americans’ broadband services,” adding that the Commission “must return to its mission of strengthening U.S. leadership in next-generation technologies.”

The hearing will be streamed live on the House E&C Committee website, starting at 10:30am Eastern, from 2123 Rayburn HOB.