Republican Senators Seek to Block FCC’s Net Neutrality Plans

September 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman, has come out strongly in favor of Internet neutrality, which would compel Internet service providers to treat all content providers equally, over both wired and wireless connections and prohibit interference with the free flow of information and applications, by blocking services and applications.

The concept is welcomed by consumers, but not so much by the telecom industry and six Republican Senators who proposed an amendment to ban the FCC from using any funds to implement net neutrality rules.

Genachowski made a speech on Monday at the Brookings Institution in D.C., where he outlined his plans for the preservation of a “free and open Internet.” Republicans and telecoms immediately howled about the dangers of government regulation.

The proposed amendment, would bar the FCC from expending “any funds from any account in fiscal year 2010… to implement any Internet neutrality or network management principles [or] to promulgate any rules relating to such principles.”

To date, the amendment has six Republican co-sponsors: Sens. Sam Brownback (Kans.), Jim DeMint (S.C.) John Ensign (Nev.), John Thune (S.D.) and David Vitter (La.) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tx.) as the lead sponsor of the proposal.

Sen. Hutchison doesn’t believe a net neutrality problem even exists that requires legislation to fix it.

“The case has simply not been made for what amounts to a significant regulatory intervention into a vibrant marketplace. These new regulatory mandates and restrictions could stifle investment incentives,” said Hutchinson.

Internet providers are opposing any new net neutrality rules, claiming regulations would stifle Web innovation and overburden their networks.

Genachowski views the issue as one of fairness and not burdensome regulations. “This is not about government regulation of the Internet. It’s about fair rules of the road for companies that control access to the Internet,” said the FCC Chairman.



2 Responses to “Republican Senators Seek to Block FCC’s Net Neutrality Plans”

  1. Old Man Dotes on September 23rd, 2009 10:37 pm

    Yeah,net neutrality would stifle innovation just like true competition in cell phone plans has stifled innovation in Europe.

    Hmmm. Americans pay about 5 times as much for cell phone plans as the equivalent in Europe, and any phone over there can be used on any network.

    Yeah, stifles innovation. Riiight. Stifles windfall profits and breaks monopoly lock-in, you mean, Hutchinson. We wouldn’t want to reduce the outrageous profits that your corporate owners make now, would we? Then you might have to go back to turning tricks with drunken cowboys.

  2. Internetto on September 27th, 2009 12:44 am

    Republicans have poopypants.

    Never vote for a Republican.

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