Skip to comments.GOP lawmakers threaten to repeal Net neutrality
Posted on 12/21/2010 3:42:42 PM PST by NoLibZone
Less than an hour after the Federal Communications Commission approved net neutrality rules, Republican lawmakers began staking their claim in the next potential leg of the debate: repeal.
The first calls to roll back the FCC's new net neutrality order came Tuesday from the House's most senior Republicans: House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio and Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, as well as the incoming leaders of the chamber's top tech and telecom committees.
The members each threatened to limit the agency's funds or restrict its jurisdiction in the aftermath of the FCCs vote, with Boehner proclaiming the "new House majority will work to reverse this unnecessary and harmful federal government power grab next year."
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), soon-to-be chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, later elaborated to reporters Tuesday afternoon that he plans to bring all five commissioners before the panel to discuss net neutrality at "the first hearing out of the box" next year. He even signaled the possibility that Republicans may pursue repeal through the Congressional Review Act an avenue that allows members to reject agency rules without threat of filibuster, provided they can secure a majority support against net neutrality.
Joining Upton's calls for strict scrutiny and eventual repeal were Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Walden, who will soon lead the House's top tech subcommittee, stressed the need to rebuff any FCC "power grab that'd allow the commission to regulate" other areas of broadband. Blackburn also floated the possibility of blocking agency funds for use on net neutrality, adding: "You will see activism on each of these levels."
Congressional furor follows Tuesdays 3-2, party-line vote on Genachowski's plan to adopt basic net neutrality protections for broadband networks. The order will prohibit Internet service providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from blocking access to lawful content and websites. It also prohibits traditional wired broadband providers from unreasonably discriminating against any traffic, though there will be no similar rule in place for wireless providers.
Following the vote, the chairman said he was ready to take on any criticism.
"We adopted today a strong and balanced order that has widespread support and that focuses on the importance of Internet freedom," he said. "It's a strong and balanced order and I look forward to speaking about it with anyone who is interested.
Some Democrats hail the FCC's vote on Tuesday as the next step in ensuring that high-speed Internet networks remain open. Supporters included Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Mark Warner of Virgnia, Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Doris Matsui of California.
President Barack Obama also backed the FCC, saying the decision is an important component of our overall strategy to advance American innovation, economic growth and job creation.
But those statements of approval may not be enough to stave off critics already interested in undoing Genachowski's work as early as next month.
Other Republican leaders also sounded off Tuesday against the FCC's net neutrality order including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who first signaled during a floor speech that he and others in his party would "push back against new rules and regulations." Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), ranking member on her chamber's Commerce Committee, signaled she would revive her efforts to derail the FCC's latest move.
Terry, meanwhile, told POLITICO the vote "certainly sets our agenda for the Energy and Commerce Committee," as he and others, including Upton, plan to discuss their next steps very soon.
"The first thing we'll do is call Julius up and have him explain himself, we need to study the proposal, and then we'll draft legislation to undo it," he said in an interview.
"We'll use everything available to us so yes, we'll use Appropriations, we'll use the legislative process," he continued. "This is really a war against Congress. ... this is a power grab by an agency almost to unheard of levels. So we have a constitutional obligation to fight this order to the death."
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), who will lead the Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee, also joined his GOP colleagues in vowing to heavily scrutinize the agency if it ever moved forward with Genachowski's proposal.
"I will exercise strong oversight on the FCC on this and other issues," Stearns said in a statement Tuesday.
"Also, working with Chairman Walden, we will outline that Internet regulation is out of the FCC's jurisdiction and that regulation will hamper economic growth and job creation," he added, noting he too would pursue a resolution of disapproval next year.
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Skinning a cat with attitude!
Good on them.
Like it’s a bad thing?
C’mon now. Where’s all the GOP haters? Cmon? Where’s the “spineless” comments?
GOP “threatens” is like Obama sending a stern letter.
I’ll believe a repeal when I see it.
Countdown to throwing out the spineless and RINOs in 2012.
It hasn’t gotten tot he Senate yet. Senate GOP is where spineless resides.
I can also understand shutting down web sites that steal property such as songs and stories. But much beyond that seems to be to be in realm of free speech and should not be discriminated against.
Am I reading the comments all wrong?
Talk is cheap. I'll reserve judgement until they actually do something concrete.
They can threaten all they want. Until both houses of congress pass it, and 0bama signs it, or doesn’t and it becomes law - it don’t mean shinola.
Restrict freedom and create jobs...yeah that will work.
These people have no shame.
Can you explain why this is a good thing? I don’t really want Comcast and AT&T deciding what sites I can visit or what I can download. Isn’t net neutrality what we have now?
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)
FINALLY! God has smiled upon Oregon, and SENSE appears from this state I live in!
I need to go play the lottery.
Well, Boehner said he is going to do something about this.
Is it all hat and no cattle? You be the judge. I just don’t know.
The fact that they are GOP doesn’t make me feel a whole lot better.
I want actions that result in severe action, not just talk.
Because it is yet another industry the government thinks it has the right to control.
No, it doesn’t have the right.
GOP lawmakers threaten to repeal Net neutrality”
I pray that they repeal this one. I could not believe my ears this morning listening to the radio. Last time govt. got involved in anything it was just a mess.
They’ll do no such thing. They’ll pass some irrelevant crap that they’ll claim fixes the problem when the way to really fix the problem is stop funding the FCC until they yell mercy.
One more thing, how do you repeal something that was never made a law?
We ain’t stupid.
I’ve thought about this issue and I think that it basically boils down to who do you fear less: ISP’s or the government?
I don’t fully trust ISP’s but I trust them more than I trust the government.
To say that ‘net neutrality’ is a good thing is to postulate that government wants more free speech and that free enterprise is trying to squelch speech.
All of recorded history does not support that postulate
Yea, there is a backbone in the Republican Party! Good for them and the American people want to see A LOT more of this next year. Drag those power hungry agency bureaucrats / tyrants before Congress and slash their budgets so they can’t do as much damage.
One more thing, how do you repeal something that was never made a law? I would suggest arresting and taking those who participate in defying the Constitution to be tried and made to pay a price.
Using attitude to skin the cat?
Skinning a cat that has attitude?
IMHO the cat should be fed to a dog with attitude.
Within 5 minutes after the ruling was announced I fired off faxes to Snowe and Collins asking them what actions they were going to support to undo this. If I ever get an answer I'm sure it will be nonsensical mush.
GETTING SOME BACKBONE!!!
If ISPs are free of government management controls, ISPs will be free to provide whatever it is the customer wants. If people don't like throttling, or whatever fad comes around next year, so long as customers can go to a provider who'll give 'em what they want and are willing to pay for, that'll be better, and spells F R E E D O M!
“Good on them.”
Some of them heard us after the last election.
Cut those funds to the bone and make them reverse this decision.
Sounds great, but the GOP is always great with the tough talk. Let's see what happens when they get control of the House and media attention is onto the next story. My prediction is they'll do nothing and hope the public forgets.
Repeal everything leftist, asap! Even better.
I won’t hold my breath.
What can happen?
People will start using MF'er MORE than now ?
1. Are you aware of any circumstance in which a common carrier has abused their position in this regard? I'm not. The FCC is proposing a solution for which there is no problem.
2. Are you aware that a federal judge has already decided against the FCC having any authority to undertake this step? Yet, they are doing it anyway. What does that suggest?
3. Nonetheless, in ostensibly blocking the power of the common carriers to conduct censorship, the FCC has accrued the power for itself. Why would they want that, do you suppose?
Hugo Chavez has only talked about taking this action in Venezuela. The FCC just beat him to it.
This. Is. A. Power. Grab.
It is not a law, it is a ruling by the FCC.
Also I love how Politico tries to white was this power grab as a good thing just trying to keep the interwebs open for everyone, and how they only quote republicans as being against it. Yet the courts and the current congress have overwhelmingly ruled against it.
Sure, just as the GOP rallied together and stopped the START treaty!
Sounds like someone has started taking their “Low T” pills!
Go get’em! And let’s start with a zero-based budget for FCC, make them justify everything they’re doing and I’ll bet you could cut the size of that agency to a fraction of what it is and still deliver the services, such as spectrum licensing and enforcement that people see as necessary and worth paying for. Cut the rest.
I can already see 2012 dem election adds saying something like: GOP supports porn.. GOP doesn’t protect our kids.. I think it’s a setup on these low rent terms.
“Boehner Says FCCs Internet Regulation Would Kill Jobs, Undermine Economy
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
By Melanie Hunter-Omar
Todays action by the FCC will hurt our economy, stifle private-sector job creation, and undermine the entrepreneurship and innovation of Internet-related American employers, Boehner said in a statement.
The FCC voted 3-2 for the new rules, known as net neutrality,
The American people are asking Where are the jobs? They arent asking for yet another government takeover that imposes more job-killing federal regulations and puts bureaucrats in charge of the Internet, Boehner added.
Boehner pledged that the House would work to reverse the FCCs action.
Federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of regulating the Internet, and the new House majority will work to reverse this unnecessary and harmful federal government power grab next year.
>>>It is not a law, it is a ruling by the FCC.
Duh. I know that. Congress can pass legislation removing the FCC’s jurisdiction, they can de-fund... and they can talk out their collective arse until their all blue in the face - results matter.
Cmon now. Wheres all the GOP haters? Cmon? Wheres the spineless comments?
This is a power grab which the left hopes to use to shut down conservative talk radio and web sites like Free Republic. Remember...the left doesn’t believe in free speech...they are fascist/commies...pure and simple. They are building a structure here to use to shut down opposition. Google it or visit Mark Levin’s site.
Sadly...this is somewhat of an empty threat from the Republicans. Not all Pubbies mind you, but until the leadership adopts a more conservative attitude, they will just be a different shade of Democrat.