House Republicans Threaten To Curb The FCC’s “Ability To Regulate The Internet”

February 27, 2015


Following a landmark vote to put in place strict net neutrality regulations, a group of 21 Republican House members sent a nastygram to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, upbraiding him from policy to procedure, and threatening more than just words.

The GOP coterie, after repeating prior complaints, said the following:

Finally, to the extent that a public record supports further action, we will consider introducing legislation to ensure the antitrust laws are the preferred enforcement method against anticompetitive conduct on the Internet. Moreover, given how the FCC has exercised its authority, this legislation may include a restriction on the FCC’s ability to regulate the Internet.

Rest assured, the Committee on the Judiciary will take every action necessary to ensure that the Internet remains a free, competitive marketplace.

As the President maintains veto authority due to his office, the last threat is mostly empty. At the same time, the antipathy present in the…

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