Republican members of Congress today made their case for legislation that enforces net neutrality rules while limiting the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to regulate broadband providers.
“The Internet is not a monopoly like the telephone companies were and the utilities were in the 1930s,” said US Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX). “It is one of the most vibrant markets in the world. The chairman’s draft is an attempt to keep it that vibrant marketplace.”
Barton was speaking during a hearing on draft legislation proposed by republicans including Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the House Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The bill enforces net neutrality principles such as a ban on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, but with exceptions for “specialized services.”
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