As if she couldn't quite get there fast enough, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., filed legislation on the first day of the 112th Congress. It's designed to derail the net neutrality rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission at the end of December.
It's not surprising, considering the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has already vowed to repeal health care reform and pick apart the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, too. (Their claims are pretty bold considering anything passed in the House still has to pass the Senate, which remains in the hands of Democrats. Time will tell, I suppose.)
According to The Hill, Blackburn already has Democratic support for the bill, which states that any regulation of the Internet should be left to Congress. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., is a co-sponsor on the bill.
In a statement, Blackburn said:
I agree that the Internet faces a number of challenges. Only Congress can address those challenges without compounding them. Until we do, the FCC and other federal bureaucracies should keep their hands off the 'net.