House Republicans today took the first small step towards overturning the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules. On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology voted 15-8 to pass a resolution that kills the FCC rules. The resolution will now go before the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where Republicans will have enough votes to get it passed. The resolution will make it to the House floor in the next couple of weeks.
"The FCC is an agency that has exceeded its authority," said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the subcommittee. "We have an open and thriving Internet thanks to our historical hands-off approach. The Internet works pretty well; it’s the government that doesn’t." In a press conference with reporters following the vote, Walden said he tried to be fair: "I’ve tried to make it a different process every step of the way," he said. "We postponed the markup; we had a hearing; they even have more witnesses on the panel than the majority."
We will keep you posted on this story as it develops.
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