White House Defends Net Neutrality Rules, Disses Defunding

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The Obama Administration came to the defense of the FCC's network neutrality rules, which have been under fire from Republicans trying to block or defund them.

In a statement of administration policy, the Office of Management and Budget said the administration strongly opposes some provisions in the bill, HR 2434, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2012, including a provision that would defund the FCC's network neutrality rules.

"Section 621 of the bill would prohibit the FCC from promoting open Internet practices that prevent unnecessary discrimination across content carried by Internet service providers," said the OMB. "The FCC has carefully crafted rules to promote competition while balancing the technical needs of Internet providers."

The bill was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee July 7.