Sen. Brownback, Others Oppose Net Neutrality Rules

Lora Bentley

Just in case Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski didn't hear legislators the first time, Senate Republicans sent him another letter stating their position on his proposed net neutrality rules.


According to, a group of 18 senators, led by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., argues that the net neutrality rules proposed by the FCC would "prevent providers from making new broadband network investments, but would also inhibit the freedom of the Internet." Writer Sean Buckley points out that Republicans have protested net neutrality since before Genachowski was appointed to his post in June.


Brownback has apparently spoken out against net neutrality for years, and according to eWEEK, last month he co-sponsored an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have denied the FCC funding for developing new Internet regulations.


It's interesting that the legislators think these proposed rules, which are effectively codifying principles that were adopted to keep the Internet open, will inhibit Internet "freedom." Is there really that much difference in two little words, or is it just a matter of perspective? It seems the legislators are more concerned about Internet service and broadband providers than they are those who use the services in the first place.

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