Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Republican Legislators Continue Efforts To Slow Net Neutrality Regs

Calling for a "market analysis" before proposing any network neutrality regulations

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/5/2009

Republican legislators continued their campaign Monday to put the brakes on network neutrality regs.

In the latest missive from Republicans concerned about codifying and expanding FCC network openness guidelines, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), the ranking member on the House Communications Subcommittee joined by a dozen and a half House Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans wrote FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Monday calling for a "market analysis" before proposing any network neutrality regulations.

That would require delaying an Oct. 22 proposal already penciled onto the FCC's public meeting agenda since that proposal is to expand and codify the guidelines.

They want the FCC to identify specific practices they believe warrant "regulatory intervention," saying that the possibility of discrimination should not be a sufficient trigger.



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