Many new Republican members of the have barely been sworn in, but they’re already making it clear that eradicating Net Neutrality rules just passed by the Federal Communications Commission is going to be a big priority for them. The “Internet Freedom Act” was introduced yesterday in the now Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The bill, introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) as her first act in the 112th Congress. has more than 60 Republican members of the House listed as co-signers.
The bill would make internet regulation the sole dominion of Congress, which would strike down the FCC’s recent move, Blackburn said. In a release announcing her move, she added: “The FCC’s Christmas week internet grab points out how important it is that we pass this bill quickly. The only sector of our economy showing growth is online. In these times, for an unelected bureaucracy with dubious juristiction and missplaced motives to unilaterally regualte that growth is intolerable.”
The FCC passed the net neutrality rules on a 3-2 vote along party lines last month, with the two Republican members of the commission voicing strenuous opposition. The rules would prevent internet service providers from blocking any lawful internet content, but explicitly allow for ISPs to offer tiered pricing services.