Sen. Jay Rockefeller Defends FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

September 26, 2011 -

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller is taking aim at critics of the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules that were published on Friday afternoon in the Federal Register.

"Americans want the Internet to stay free and open," Rockefeller said. "After a long, deliberative process, the FCC came up with balanced rules that promote transparency and prohibit discrimination. I am disappointed that my colleagues want to use a legislative short cut to unravel these rules."

Rockefeller's statement comes hot on the heels of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), ranking member of his committee, who said late last week that she plans to push for a Senate vote on a resolution of disapproval to negate the regulations this fall. A similar vote passed the House earlier this year but stalled in the Senate.

The rules, are a mixed bag for consumers: they prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating between similar content providers, but also allow for throttling, bandwidth caps, usage-based pricing and more - particularly by wireless broadband providers.

Source: The Hill


 
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