Enlarge / Sen. John Thune (R-SD). (credit: Getty Images | Joe Raedle) US Senator John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is a guest opinion writer for Ars today.

Thune argues that Congress should overhaul the net neutrality rules implemented by the Federal Communications Commission.

This piece is a counterpoint to an Ars op-ed written by US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Let’s put the scare tactics and apocalyptic rhetoric aside.

The Internet worked great in 2014 when there were no net neutrality rules.

And it still works great today after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) applied Ma Bell regulations from 1934 to broadband.
In fact, I am quite confident that the online experience for the overwhelming majority of users has not really changed for better or worse because of the new regulations.

The Internet’s future, however, is uncertain because of ideological bureaucrats at the FCC who adopted a misguided regulatory approach that has chilled investment and offers no protections against excessive bureaucratic interference in the years ahead.
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