House approves rule for debating net-neutrality resolution

The House on Tuesday approved a rule for debating a resolution disapproving of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s net-neutrality rule.

The rule was adopted in a 241-178 vote in which just a handful of Democrats voted with Republicans, including Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), John Conyers (Mich.), Jim Costa (Calif.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), and Heath Shuler (N.C.).

Earlier in the day, Republicans argued that the FCC is not authorized to regulate the Internet, and regulation would not help consumers anyway. Democrats argued that FCC regulation would ensure that Internet service providers cannot block online content.

With the vote on the rule, the House moved to general remarks from members, and is expected to take up the resolution later in the week.