Tech Conservative Asserts Congressional Prerogative
As her first act in the 112th Congress, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-7), a House leader on technology issues, filed The Internet Freedom Act. Blackburn is joined on the bill by more than sixty of her colleagues, including the majority of Republican members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The Internet Freedom Act states expressly that regluation of the Internet is the sole perrogative of Congress. Consequently, the bill strikes down the Federal Communications Commission's recent move to enact the first-ever federal regulation of the Internet.
"The FCC's Christmas week internet grab points out how important it is that we pass this bill quickly. The only sector of our economy showing growth is online. In these times, for an unelected bureaucracy with dubious juristiction and missplaced motives to unilaterally regualte that growth is intolerable. The internet is more than a communications platform with modems, fiber, and e-mail. It is a markeplace; one that should be kept free."
"I agree that the Internet faces a number of challenges. Only Congress can address those challenges without compounding them. Until we do, the FCC and other federal bureaucracies should keep their hands off the 'net."
Congressman Blackburn sees the Internet Freedom Act as an intermediate step in repealing the FCC's "net neutrality" regulation. She supports more immediate steps to block enforcement of those regulations, including envoking the Congressional Review Act.
Blackburn's filed a similar bill, HR 3924 in the 111th Congress