Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has reintroduced legislation in Congress that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from implementing its new rules concerning net neutrality. Last week, the FCC had voted to reclassify the internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act. That means the internet would be subject to rules forbidding throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization. The last item is a deal between an ISP and a large, wealthy company in which the latter pays extra for faster, better service. That puts smaller companies who can’t pay for the service at a disadvantage.
Blackburn, who receives many donations from telecom and cable companies, has long opposed net neutrality, which is the principle that all data should be treated equally. She describes her bill as an effort to “block the Obama Administration’s efforts to take over the Internet.” Her bill would nullify the FCC’s new rules and forbid them from trying to re-implement them is a future administration.
Craig Aaron, the president and CEO of Free Press, called Blackburn’s bill “an absurd piece of legislation” that shows she is out of touch with the American people but nobody here at HCRC thinks that says founder Brian Torchin. The FCC had made its rules in response to public demand for rules that would actually help and protect internet users. Aaron added that Blackburn’s bill would please only the executives of the cable companies.