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BY BRANDON TWICHELL
ANCHOR: CHANCE SEALES
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The Republican-led Commerce Subcommittee voted 15 to 8 along party lines to repeal the FCC’s net neutrality rules. The regulations fine companies that try to block content or charge fees for premium services. Republicans say the FCC is trying to take over the Internet, while Democrats say the rules are necessary to promote job growth.
Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn, a member of the subcommittee, tells Fox News her plan to end net neutrality.
MARSHA BLACKBURN: “We’ve got a three-step process: defunding, passing the Congressional Review Act which is the resolution of disapproval, and then passing my legislation--”
ANCHOR: “Got it.”
BLACKBURN: “--which will be the Internet Freedom Act.”
The resolution now moves to the full committee, and if it passes there, it will move to a full vote in both the House and the Senate. A writer for The Huffington Post says if the resolution passes, Internet users will be at the mercy of communication companies.
“[T]he FCC could be barred from preventing these companies from blocking any website, banning any speech, and charging you anything they can get away with. American Internet users need to choose between the open Internet ...and the walled garden that the big phone and cable companies want to build around us.”
And a writer for Computerworld says he’s shocked the committee passed the resolution after AT&T said it was okay with the FCC rules.
“AT&T would prefer no net neutrality regulations, but the rules passed by the FCC Dec. 21 represent a better solution than an earlier FCC proposal to impose additional common-carrier regulations.”
Finally, a writer for PC Magazine explains there’s no neutral ground for net neutrality.
“Basically, it comes down to whether or not you believe ISPs [Internet Service Providers] will violate the spirit of the open Internet, and whether the FCC should be the one to hold them accountable.”
The Washington Post says analysts predict the resolution will pass in the Republican-controlled House but probably won’t in the Democrat-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama is expected to veto it if it does pass the Senate.
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