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Blackburn Files Legislation to Block Net Neutrality

Press release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. 07; March 4, 2015:

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has reintroduced legislation to block the Obama Administration’s efforts to take over the Internet by implementing new Net Neutrality regulations. H.R. 1212, the Internet Freedom Act, would block the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules by stating that they shall have no force or effect and prohibits the FCC from reissuing new Net Neutrality rules.

Blackburn’s legislation, which has 19 original co-sponsors, comes in response to last week’s 3-2 vote by the FCC to implement rules regulating the Internet as a utility.

“Last week’s vote by the FCC to regulate the Internet like a 1930s era public utility is further proof that the Obama Administration will stop at nothing in their efforts to control the Internet,” Blackburn said. “There is nothing ‘free and open’ about this heavy-handed approach. These overreaching rules will stifle innovation, restrict freedoms, and lead to billions of dollars in new fees and taxes for American consumers.

“Once the federal government establishes a foothold into managing how Internet service providers run their networks they will essentially be deciding which content goes first, second, third, or not at all. My legislation will put the brakes on this FCC overreach and protect our innovators from these job-killing regulations.”

Blackburn, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has been leading the fight against the Obama Administration’s Net Neutrality regulations since they were first proposed in 2010 by Former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski. Despite being struck down by a Federal Appeals Court in January of 2014, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler pushed forward in an effort to implement President Obama’s net neutrality rules. Blackburn introduced the Internet Freedom Act in both the 112th Congress and 113th Congress.

Read the full text of the legislation HERE.

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Blackburn: Net Neutrality a ‘Trojan Horse’ For Gov’t Takeover of Internet

Press release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. 07; February 26, 2015:

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement in response to the FCC’s vote in favor of regulating the Internet as a utility.

“Today the FCC voted to regulate the Internet like a 1930s era public utility. It is indisputable that re-classifying the Internet in this manner will lead to billions of dollars in new fees and taxes for consumers. More importantly, Title II Net Neutrality is a Trojan horse for a government takeover of the Internet. The courts have already rejected the FCC’s attempts to regulate the Internet. The light touch that has allowed the Internet to prosper will be replaced by a heavy-handed approach that will stifle innovation and hand control over placement of content to the government.

“Now that the FCC has voted to approve the Obama Internet plan, the American people will get to find out what’s in it. I look forward to reviewing the President’s 300-page plan when it is made public. As the Wall Street Journal noted, while the FCC conducted an open notice and comment period, Obama aides secretly gathered Internet activists behind closed doors at the White House to write the real rules. The undue influence exerted by the White House has left a cloud hanging over the ‘independent’ FCC and this entire process.

“Unfortunately, the American people are no stranger to being deceived by this Administration (see Politifact 2013 Lie of The Year). The President’s pledge of rules preserving‘openness’sounds eerily similar to‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.’”