Feb 07, 2015

Can Republicans in Congress stop the FCC from moving forward with classifying ISPs as common carriers under Title II and enforcing Net Neutrality?

I thought that the public had finally won one against big corporations, but I just saw that the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah) is launching an investigation of the FCC’s decision to classify ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Congressman Chaffetz is claiming that President Obama of having an “undue influence” over the FCC taking this action. He has subpoenaed all documents in possession of both the FCC Chairman’s office and the FCC’s General Counsel in his investigation of this charge. Why is Congressman Chaffetz saying that the President exerted “undue influence” over his appointee to head the FCC? Can they still stop the FCC's reclassification of ISPs so that net neutrality can be enforced by doing this?
The Senate Republicans just got into this game as well. Senator Johnson (R-Wisconsin) is launching what appears to be a carbon copy of the House investigation of the FCC’s decision because of “suspicions” that the FCC decision to classify ISPs under Title II was because the President pressured the Chairman to do so. Of course, the good senator has no concerns about all the money spent by Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, et al to influence the FCC not to do so. Or the hundreds of thousands of public comments from people like me asking the FCC to do it.

I personally see these investigations as a partisan witch hunt to protect large corporations over the interests of the people. It is clear what the American people want to happen on this issue, and now that the FCC is actually doing it, the Republicans are doing anything they can to stop it. It’s disgraceful.
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