Republicans Seek to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules

Lora Bentley

Federal Communications Commission members endured a four-hour hearing in the House Subcommittee on Communication and Technology Wednesday, during which lawmakers grilled the commissioners on the Open Internet Order passed in December.


The debate was highly partisan, according to Republicans argued the order is poorly drafted, beyond the scope of the FCC's authority, and unnecessary. If it is allowed to stand, they say it will lead to further overregulation by the FCC in the future.


Democrats, on the other hand, defended the order as "light-touch" regulation necessary to protect consumers from the Internet service providers.


Following the hearing before a standing-room-only crowd, legislators in both chambers of Congress introduced a Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the commission's order. In order to be effective, the resolution must pass the House and the Senate by a simple majority and then must be signed by the president.


Since it is not likely that the president will approve the bill, the measure is a long shot at best, according to PC Magazine.

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