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Walden: Resolution To Block Net Neutrality Is Coming

February 10, 2011

Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden said Thursday that he will be introducing a resolution of disapproval aimed at trying to block the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules but is unsure when he will act.

"We don't have a date specific, but it would be within the time period allotted under the Congressional Review Act," Walden, R-Ore., said after a subcommittee hearing.

The Congressional Review Act gives lawmakers a limited amount of time to try to block a federal regulation after its been issued by an agency.

Republicans in both chambers have vowed to use every means possible to try to block the FCC's net neutrality order, which was approved in December. Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said earlier this week that another possible option for blocking the net neutrality rule would be to try to cut off funding for the FCC to implement the order.

Republicans argue that the order, aimed at blocking broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content or applications, will stifle investment and innovation. Net neutrality supporters, however, have criticized the FCC's order for being too weak because it excludes wireless broadband providers from some of the rules.

The issue is expected to be a hot topic when the FCC's five members come before the Energy and Commerce Committee next week for a hearing.

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