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Blackburn Opposes FCC Internet Reclassification


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) commented today on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) move to reclassify the Internet as a telephone service. The move opens the door to federal regulation of the Web. The FCC's decision, which relegates the Internet to antiquated regulations enacted under the Telecommunications Act of 1934, is the first step in imposing "Net Neutrality" regulations.

"In the face of strong bi-partisan opposition, the FCC has decided that laws written to regulate Morse Code will now apply to megabytes. This is a bureaucratic overreach of the first order. I am confident that my colleagues and I will act to overturn it."

Blackburn sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is sponsor of HR. 3924, a bill that would prohibit the FCC from regulating the Internet without explicit Congressional authorization.

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