Sunday, June 28, 2015

Congress Just Got One Step Closer To Blocking Net Neutrality

The House committee that writes the federal budget approved a provision on Wednesday that would freeze the FCC's net neutrality rules. The provision of the spending bill written by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government suspends the rules until a federal court rules on the legal challenge currently facing them. It also requires the FCC to publish the details of any rule it proposes at least 21 days before voting on it—a step that agency advocates oppose because it contravenes the typical rulemaking process—and significantly cuts the commission's funding. The full House Appropriations Committee voted 30-20 to approve the bill, which becomes part of the overall spending bill that will eventually go to the House floor. The anti-net-neutrality provision is not present in the Senate appropriations bill.


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