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Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery

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Jun 11, 2015, 7:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

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