Republicans Move To Block FCC's Network Neutrality Initiative

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Some Republican lawmakers moved swiftly Monday to try and block Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal that the agency adopt new network neutrality rules

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) Monday introduced an amendment to an appropriations bill that would prohibit the FCC from spending any funds "to develop and implement new regulatory mandates."

The bill was co-sponsored by Senators John Ensign (R-Nev.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), David Vitter (R-La.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and John Thune (R-S.D.).

"I am deeply concerned by the direction the FCC appears to be heading," said Hutchison in a statement. "Even during a severe downturn, America has experienced robust investment and innovation in network performance and online content and applications. For that innovation to continue, we must tread lightly when it comes to new regulations. Where there have been a handful of questionable actions in the past on the part of a few companies, the Commission and the marketplace have responded swiftly."

By contrast, she said, the FCC appeared to be engaging in "regulatory intervention into a vibrant marketplace."

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