Nobody said the fight to protect net neutrality was going to be easy, and nobody said it was going to end with the FCC’s decision to pass its net neutrality rules. A new bill has been introduced that would invalidate the FCC’s rules by allowing Congress to review new federal regulations from government agencies.
A group of Republican lawmakers has introduced a bill that would invalidate the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s recently passed net neutrality rules. The legislation, introduced by Representative Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, is called a resolution of disapproval, a move that allows Congress to review new federal regulations from government agencies, using an expedited legislative process. The resolution is the quickest way to stop what Collins called heavy-handed regulations that will hamper broadband deployment and could increase taxes and fees, he said in a statement. “We’ll all be paying more for less,” he added. Republican opponents of the FCC’s net neutrality rules are going against strong public support for the regulations, said Matt Wood, policy director at digital rights group Free Press. “Once again, some members of Congress have sided with the phone and cable lobby and against Internet users,” he said in an email.