Anti-Net Neutrality Language Removed from Payroll Tax Holiday Bill

An amendment that was added to the payroll tax holiday legislation was removed today, much to the delight of net neutrality principle supporters. The amendment was adopted during the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee markup session in December. The amendment was put forth by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and would have stopped the FCC from forcing net neutrality requirements when issuing new licenses to wireless carriers who won incentive auctions authorized by the spectrum bill.

Republicans have repeatedly tried to block the new FCC rules from going into place and strongly disagree with them because they feel such rules should be made by lawmakers and not a government agency run by the President.

Advocacy group Public Knowledge applauded the removal of the language from the payroll tax holiday legislation.

"We are also pleased that the conferees deleted language preventing the FCC from implementing even the modest open Internet rules for wireless services," Public Knowledge Legal Director Harold Feld said in a statement Thursday.

Source: National Review


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