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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-11 06:00 PM
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Kerry fighting Republican effort to end net neutrality

ccording to a copy of the letter, Senate Communications Subcommittee chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) Friday asked his colleagues to vote against the Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules, which could get a vote on the Senate floor next week.

It has already passed the Republican-controlled House, but has an uphill slog in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
In the letter, Kerry says that not only would nullifying the rule signal Congress was prepared to deny independent regulators the ability to execute the law, "but it would discourage investment in the next Google or Amazon and put at risk health and safety rules, environmental protections, worker rights" and "every other public protection that our agencies enforce that some in Congress do not like." Obviously that last part was a reference to the precedent it could set for Congress overturning regulations.
Kerry said that for those who argue the FCC exceeded its authority in adopting the regs, "a court will make that decision," then proceeded to make the case himself, concluding that the FCC "not only has the authority to protect the Open Internet, but the responsibility to do so." Kerry said if the regs were blocked, "every innovator on the Internet will be exposed to the risk that before they innovate they would have to ask mother may I' to the companies that control access to the users on the other end of the line."

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