House Hearing Next Week on Open Internet

Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, will hold a hearing next Wednesday titled, “Protecting the Internet and Consumers Through Congressional Action.” Republican leaders in Congress have not been happy at hints from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that he intends to roll out a “net neutrality” order that would assert authority over Internet providers under Title II of the Communications Act, which allows for the regulation of “common carriers” as public utilities.  In a joint Op-Ed on Reuters.com, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and new Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) declared, “One near-certainty is that this approach will perpetuate years of litigation and even more uncertainty for consumers and job creators. Seeking a better way forward, we are working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to establish clear, updated and reasonable rules of the digital road to protect an open Internet.”

  • Find NRB’s response to the proposed “federal power grab” of increasing government control over the Internet through Title II.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: January 16, 2015

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