GOP blasts FCC on net neutrality

Posted: February 16, 2011 in US News

February 16,2011

Republicans took the FCC to task for enacting a net neutrality order without any sound market-based analysis to justify it at a House hearing Wednesday.

“The FCC has done nothing to specifically quantify any harm requiring intervention, or the potential harm to consumers, innovation or the economy from the proposed rules,” Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said during his opening remarks

Several other key Republicans hammered on the same point.

“The FCC even confesses in its order that it has done no market analysis,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the communications subcommittee. “It just selectively applied the rules to broadband providers, shielding Web companies.”

The open Internet order adopted by the commission in December applies more rigorous rules to traditional wireline providers than it does to wireless.

All five commissioners appeared before the House communications subcommittee Wednesday.

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) also expressed disappointment that the commission hadn’t conducted a serious analysis of threats to the open Internet. Lee has written the commission requesting such a study.

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