Originally published: November 20, 2010
Last updated: November 20, 2010 - 7:10pm
If he becomes the top Republican on the House Commerce Committee, Rep Fred Upton (R-MI) has vowed to make Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski a regular in Congress as the committee makes FCC oversight a central piece of its agenda.
"After two years of inaction, the Energy and Commerce Committee will be quite active in fulfilling the oversight responsibilities our Founding Fathers expected. The FCC will be prominently featured and Chairman Genachowski will soon be a familiar face on Capitol Hill," Rep Upton said. "I hope that the only turkey cooking next week will be in our kitchens on Thanksgiving and not at the FCC," he said. Rep Upton said he is "alarmed and disappointed" by the possibility that the FCC might "blatantly seek to circumvent Congress and seize authority that they do not have." He urged the agency not to "poison the well before the new Congress is sworn in," and to instead "stand down on any movement toward net neutrality."
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