GOP bill would kill net neutrality, strip FCC of power over Internet

Sam Rolley
Personal Liberty

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has introduced legislation to strip the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to regulate Internet broadband as a public utility. If passed, the legislation would do away with the agency’s divisive new net neutrality rules.

Late last month, a politically divided FCC approved the neutrality rules with the stated purpose of prohibiting Internet service providers from picking favorites among legal content providers on the Web.

Blackburn and other critics of the plan, including dissenting FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, argue that reclassifying cyber broadband as a public utility clears the way for all manner of government intrusion in the free flow of online information.

“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,” Blackburn said in a statement. “My legislation will put the brakes on this FCC overreach and protect our innovators from these job-killing regulations.”…



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