Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules. This method is one that needs to be acted upon quickly, as it is part of the budget. The Republican-controlled House may vote in favor of this budget, but it still has to pass the Senate and be signed by the White House. President Obama has lauded the FCC's efforts to regulate the internet industry. Numerous organizations have filed lawsuits seeking to block the rules entirely, but those suits won't prevent them from going into effect on June 12. Wireless carriers think it is vital to keep the current regulations in place until the lawsuits against the FCC have a chance to work their way through the courts, and have asked for a stay on the rules. The court has to make a decision on that request.
Republicans Likely to Fight Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC plans to vote on its proposed net neutrality rules on Feb. 26, but members of the Republican party have signaled their intent to fight the new measures.
FCC Stuffs Lobbyists' Attempt to Stay Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC has denied petitions filed by a wide range of lobbying organizations that sought to stay the FCC's proposed net neutrality regulations. The CTIA Wireless Association, USTelecom, AT&T, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, CenturyLink, American Cable Association, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association all filed petitions hoping to prevent the FCC from formally adopting its rules in early June.
Republicans to Battle FCC Broadband Plan
Republicans contend the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules are evidence that the White House has taken control of the agency and must be stopped. "The president gave a speech demanding that the FCC seize control of the Internet and treat it as a government-regulated utility," said Senator Ted Cruz, referring to President Barack Obama's November statement.
CTIA Seeks to Stay FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal
The CTIA Wireless Association today filed a request to stay the FCC's Open Internet regulations. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on April 13 and are slated to become official policy 60 days from the publication date (on or about June 13).
Republicans Attempt to Defang the FCC
Republicans proposed net neutrality legislation of their own on Friday that could significantly weaken the FCC's power over regulator internet providers. The bill, drafted by Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, would make it illegal for network operators to throttle data or offer paid prioritization schemes — except for data management purposes.