Republicans Want to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Lora Bentley

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.

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Jan 7, 2011 7:19 PM mwhite mwhite  says:

Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:

Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN 'Reforms.' Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes 'Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extention.

Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:

Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.

See her 'blatantly unconstitutional' votes at :



Jan 7, 2011 8:24 PM Jo McCarthy Jo McCarthy  says:

The quote "Only congress can address those challenges without compounding them" seems like an oxymoron.


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