Net Neutrality Suffers Congressional Setback

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Back to the drawing board. The House of Representatives struck a mighty blow against Net Neutrality yesterday, with the communications and technology subcommittee voting against the recently adopted Net Neutrality rules. The rules will actually remain in place until Congress or the president do something about them, ie, send them back to the FCC for further re-tooling or worse.

The 15-8 vote was along party lines. The committee’s Republican chairman (the Republican Party won control of the House in last fall’s election), Fred Upton, of Michigan, said, “If the FCC was truly weighing the costs and benefits of its actions, the agency would not be attempting to regulate the Internet.”

There’s that dreaded “r word” again, regulate. As if making sure ISPs don’t selectively block traffic without telling you, or ensuring that they treat every bit equally, is regulating the Internet.

Keep in mind that Rep. Upton received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the likes of Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon in the past several election cycles alone. In fact, AT&T is Rep. Upton’s top campaign contributor of all time throughout the course of his congressional career to the tune of $94,000.

Make of that what you will.

At the same time, it may not even be worth getting too upset over this latest setback given how toothless the Net Neutrality rules the FCC passed actually were.