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FCC commissioner: Regulations not the answer to Big Tech's power

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

One of the Federal Communications Commission's Republican commissioners said Monday that regulators should not crack down on big tech companies like Facebook and Google.

Why it matters: Heavily-regulated internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon are increasingly trying to compete with Google and Facebook, which are not as regulated and together control the market for digital ads. The internet providers and web firms that rely on their services are often at odds in policy debates. For example, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that web platforms are a greater threat to online freedom than internet service providers.