House Passes First Measure to Overhaul FCC Powers
The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee on Wednesday approved the FCC Process Reform Act, which aims to curtail the Federal Communication Commission's ability to create new industry regulations. The bill, backed by republicans, will make it more process-intensive for the FCC to enact new legislation of its own. For example, if the bill is passed in its current form, the FCC will have to gather public opinion about issues before starting rule-making procedures; clearly show where harm to consumers might occur; and detail how any new regulations would be cost-effective to enact. "Consistency and transparency from the FCC will not only produce better decisions, they will help create confidence and certainty that will promote increased investment, innovation, and jobs," said Michigan Republican Fred Upton in a statement. "Expecting transparency and accountability from Congress and from federal agencies should be a nonpartisan issue." The draft bill was passed in a vote of 14-9, with democrats dissenting. Some group and corporations believe that the FCC has over-stepped its mandate in recent years, citing the FCC's proposed net neutrality regulations as a prime example.
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.
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.
Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
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 Chairman Reveals Full Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today published a draft order that details how he intends to roll back the current net neutrality regulations. Pai said the order "would return to the bipartisan consensus on light-touch regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the internet." The goal, says Pai, is to "promote future innovation and investment." To start, Pai would strip the internet of its current classification as a "utility" and reclassify it as an "information service." Pai would also reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet service.
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This will probably be dead on arrival
Republicans are backing this legislation
Republicans don't give a crud about you. They ONLY care about their corporate donors. Many democrats are like that, but for the most part no Republican cares about your rights over the rights of a company to enslave you.
If you don't believe me then you're not in-the-know enough to realize that there are representatives who say stuff like "Free/Reduced lunch programs in schools are morally wrong because those kids should be eating breakfast with their family at the table, not going to school for a free meal"
Republican senators don't know what it's like to be a hard working person who likes technology, but sees the p...