Republican Net Neutrality Fight an Uphill Battle

March 4, 2011 -

House lawmakers will examine the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules again next week, but as the Washington Post points out, the Republican-led effort to overturn the rules or pull funding from the agency will be an uphill battle. Experts say that the chances of Congress killing Internet access rules that prohibit blocking and slowing of Web traffic are pretty slim.

On March 9, the House subcommittee for communications and technology will examine the FCC's net neutrality rules a second time. The focus of this hearing will be to overturn the FCC's rules.

Two laws are at the heart of these efforts: one that would overturn rules and another that would withhold appropriations for the agency. Both would have to pass a House and Senate vote, and the President would have to sign on to the legislation. Since the rules were essentially the President's idea, the chances of him signing those bills into law instead of vetoing them is even slimmer than the laws being passed in the Senate.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus say it best in a recent research note:

"Companies and customers will have become even more accustomed to living in a world with a basic set of net neutrality rules," wrote Rebecca Arbogast and David Kaut.

Source: Washington Post


 
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