GOP Lawmaker Seeks To Scrap New Broadband Regs

Republicans on Capitol Hill don't appear any happier about the new net neutrality regulations now than they were last week, when the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 for the new rules.

The latest GOP move against the new rules comes from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who this week introduced a bill that would vacate the FCC's new rules. Blackburn's “Internet Freedom Act” specifies that the FCC's net neutrality order “shall have no force or effect.” What's more, the measure prohibits the FCC from reissuing the order.

The FCC's net neutrality order bans providers from blocking or degrading traffic, and from creating online fast lanes. The order also reclassifies broadband as a utility service, which is subject to common-carrier rules.

In the weeks leading up to the FCC's historic vote, other GOP lawmakers unsuccessfully tried to muster support for a compromise measure. That middle-ground proposal would have prohibited broadband providers from blocking or degrading content, and also banned them from charging companies higher fees for faster delivery. But the measure would have stripped the FCC of some of its authority over broadband.



Blackburn's bill, which appears especially hostile to net neutrality principles, describes the new regulations as a vehicle for the federal government to “control” the Internet.

“Last week’s vote by the FCC to regulate the Internet like a 1930s era public utility is further proof that the Obama Administration will stop at nothing in their efforts to control the Internet,” she said in a statement.

“Once the federal government establishes a foothold into managing how Internet service providers run their networks they will essentially be deciding which content goes first, second, third, or not at all.”

That interpretation, which casts the rules as a tool for censorship, isn't shared by the numerous free-speech advocacy groups that supported the FCC's move. On the contrary, digital rights advocates say that the rules advance free speech by prohibiting ISPs from discriminating when putting through traffic.

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  1. harri wellington from HelixMedia llc, March 5, 2015 at 9:55 p.m.

    Marsh Blackburn's freak show just keeps getting scarier....loving it..

  2. Leonard Zachary from T___n__, March 6, 2015 at 9:23 a.m.

    Scary to think an elected official such as Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) wraps the American flag around corporate lobbying. The current laws on the books were written by companies lobbying so it is ludicrous to use a title such as “Internet Freedom Act” to protect corporate lobbied laws and further block and regulatory oversight over a critical communication element prevalent in everyone's lives.

  3. harri wellington from HelixMedia llc, March 6, 2015 at 9:36 a.m.

    Corporate lobbying naturally wrapped itself around the most pliable, gullible, least intelligent latw makers.... which is why texas is such a romp for the Louie's.... the thing is thought, that there are more of the gullible s than not in the country.... the pepsi generation worked.... and Mitt's think tank buddies as bibi know how to corral the independent cats..

  4. Bob Gordon from The Auto Channel, March 8, 2015 at 12:48 p.m.

    Ahhh I guess the congresswoman loves her monopolistic cable company...she and her ilk are trying to allow cable to once again become the non benevolent gate keeper...with the cable companies owning the networks I wonder who will get the benefit of top tier connectivity...Marsha Blackburn monopolies are not good for children and other living creatures... mind you business and worry about real problems we have here in the USA

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