Blackburn to fight FCC chief’s net neutrality plan

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday she will introduce legislation to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from rewriting its net neutrality rules.

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On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he would begin a process to rewrite the agency’s net neutrality rules, which were overturned by a federal court earlier this year. Before they were overturned, the rules kept Internet providers from blocking or slowing access to certain websites.

In a statement, Blackburn, the vice chairman of the House Commerce Committee, criticized Wheeler’s attempts to move forward with rules that had been overturned.

“Since it is clear that FCC Chairman Wheeler is on a crusade to implement these socialistic regulations, I will soon be introducing legislation to block these efforts and protect Internet freedom for consumers,” she said.

Blackburn — a longtime vocal opponent of the FCC’s net neutrality rules — said the agency’s attempts to resurrect the rules “will discourage innovation, hurt competition, and serve as an industry job-killer.”

The Obama administration “needs to stop mimicking some of the most restrictive policies of countries like China,” she said.

“Federal control of the Internet will restrict our online freedom and leave Americans facing the same horrors that they have experienced with HealthCare.gov.”

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