FCC to move on net neutrality despite opposition from congress

December 1, 2010 11:21

FCC Chairman Genachowski is moving forward with a net neutrality order at the agency’s December meeting, setting the stage for a likely fight over the contentious web rules on Capitol Hill.



Despite a lack of specifics, lawmakers weighed in even before the agenda was officially released. Republicans pounced, reiterating their warning that the FCC should not move forward with any net neutrality order.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Tuesday she would work to topple any FCC-led net neutrality order.

Nearly 20 Republicans have already opposed any net neutrality rulemaking. Later Wednesday, the top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee also warned the commission to stand down.

But Genachowski also has some cheerleaders among Democratic lawmakers. Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) — all longtime net neutrality supporters – encouraged Genachowski to move on the issue by the end of the year.


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