GOP takes on the FCC over net neutrality

February 16, 2015

Many congressional Republicans were outraged when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a new net neutrality proposal this month that was considerably tougher on the cable and telephone companies that provide Internet access than the plan he'd unveiled in April. They were particularly upset that Wheeler's shift gave President Obama everything he asked for in November, when he called on the FCC to adopt “the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.” Republicans were so upset, in fact, that they launched inquiries on whether the president improperly meddled with an independent agency.

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