GOP House Makes For Tougher Sledding For FCC Agenda Issues

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A Republican House will make it tougher for the Federal Communications Commission to push through a network neutrality agenda, and will mean muscular oversight of agency issues including privacy, broadband deployment and stimulus projects.

Joe Barton (R.-Texas), who has been campaigning hard to become the next chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, has telegraphed that he plans to keep a close eye on those issues, including holding hearings (

The other leading candidate is Rep. Fred Upton (R.-Mich.), who has been even more vocal about his desire to rein in the FCC's effort to expand and codify network openness regulations.