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OVERNIGHT TECH: White House threatens to veto net-neutrality repeal

WHITE HOUSE READY WITH VETO: As the House prepares for floor debate on a measure to repeal net-neutrality regulations, the Obama administration made it clear this evening that the president would not sign any such bill. 

ADMIN STATEMENT: "If the President is presented with a Resolution of Disapproval that would not safeguard the free and open Internet, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the Resolution."

VETO JUSTIFICATIONS — FULL COMMENT PRAISES FCC PROCESS: "The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.J. Res. 37, which would undermine a fundamental part of the Nation’s Internet and innovation strategy — an enforceable and effective policy for keeping the Internet free and open. Since the development of the Internet, Federal policy has ensured that this medium is kept open and facilitates innovation and investment, protects consumer choice, and enables free speech. The rule at issue resulted from a process that brought together parties on all sides of this issue — from consumer groups to technology companies to broadband providers — to enable their voices to be heard."

COMPROMISE ALSO A HIGHLIGHT: "Notably, the Federal Communications Commission’s rule reflected a constructive effort to build a consensus around what safeguards and protections were reasonable and necessary to ensure that the Internet continues to attract investment and to spur innovation. Disapproval of the rule would threaten those values and raise questions as to whether innovation on the Internet will be allowed to flourish, consumers will be protected from abuses, and the democratic spirit of the Internet will remain intact."

BACKDROP: Net neutrality was an Obama campaign promise. 

FLOOR DEBATE TUESDAY: The House is set to debate the floor measure, from House Communications subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), to repeal net-neutrality regulations passed last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

UPTON WEIGHS IN: House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in anticipation of floor debate on the repeal measure: "The FCC has taken unprecedented action and tried to ‘fix’ a market that’s not broken. There is no crisis warranting an intervention and these rules will do more harm than good by chilling the very investment and innovation we need to ensure the Internet keeps pace with the growing demands being placed on it. This week, the House has an opportunity to protect the Internet and the economy  while restoring Congress’s role as representatives of the people.”

ESHOO WARNS OF FAST/SLOW LANES: Communications subcommittee ranking member Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said: “An open Internet is inseparable from the Internet as we know it, but it doesn’t mean it will remain so. Without the FCC’s basic ‘rules of the road,’ nothing will prevent large corporations from carving the Internet into fast and slow lanes, deciding which sources of news, information, and entertainment consumers and businesses can access. The overwhelming majority of the American people agree that consumers, not corporations, should decide what content they want to access.”

NET-NEUTRALITY FIGHT FACES COURT SETBACK: An effort by Verizon and MetroPCS to undo net neutrality in the courts faced a setback on Monday when a federal appeals court say they jumped the gun. They must wait until the rules are published in the Federal Register, the court said. 

PROPONENTS WIN A BATTLE, BUT…: A Verizon spokesman made it clear that the company will appeal the regulations again after the rules are on the books. 

CONSUMER GROUPS APPROVE: Parul Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, said: "Verizon overstepped, and the court did the right thing. For supporters of net neutrality, it's an encouraging sign that the case is going to be handled appropriately. We need net neutrality rules, because consumers ought to be able to surf the Web without their Internet service limiting choices to its preferred sites."

EX-NPR CHIEF WILL SPEAK OUT: Vivian Schiller, who stepped down as NPR's chief executive this year, will speak at an roundtable breakfast on Tuesday at 8 a.m. It will live stream here. Her tenure was marked by the controversy of a video sting that appeared to show an NPR executive undermining the need for federal funding along with the swirl of debate around news analyst Juan Williams's termination.