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Republican lawmakers rip Net neutrality rules

Grant Gross | Feb. 16, 2011
Republican members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to rescind its network neutrality order from last December, but the agency's chairman defended the decision.

The subcommittee hearing came a day after Representative Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican and chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Internet subcommittee, said he would offer an amendment to a U.S. government budget package that would prohibit the FCC from using funds to implement net neutrality rules.

Resolutions introduced in both the House and Senate would prohibit the FCC from moving forward with the rules. The Republican efforts to block the rules are unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

"The recent attempts of the FCC to regulate the internet through the imposition of net neutrality rules is a solution in search of a problem," Walden said. "In the end these are issues better determined by network engineers, entrepreneurs, and consumers acting in a vigorous marketplace, not the subjective politicized judgments of a federal agency."

 

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