June 17, 2015
Maybe every so often we can be on the side of the American people, Rep. Jose Serrano said, and not corporations.Those are fighting words but unfortunately the House majority doesn’t seem to be heeding them.”
Those are fighting words but unfortunately the House majority doesn’t seem to be heeding them. Not when it comes to Net Neutrality.
This afternoon the House appropriations committee voted against two amendments one from Serrano, one from Rep. Nita Lowey to remove anti-Net Neutrality language from a must-pass government-funding package.
The anti-Net Neutrality provisions buried deep within this 158-page bill would strip the FCC of the money it needs to enforce its open Internet protections. The provisions would also prevent the rules from remaining in effect until after the court cases challenging them have been decided a process that could take years.
You’re not supposed to legislate in an appropriations bill, Serrano said, noting that a federal court had already rejected an attempt from the cable, phone and wireless lobbies to delay implementation of the rules.
But in spite of the overwhelming support for the open Internet” support that spans the political spectrum some members of Congress are determined to destroy the historic FCC protections that millions of people lobbied for.
Blocking Net Neutrality means blocking the open Internet, Serrano said. My colleagues are trying to give corporations more freedom … while putting more restrictions on…Read the rest of the article at Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality Picks Up Steam in the House | Free Press