Originally published: March 8, 2011
Last updated: March 8, 2011 - 7:13pm
On March 9, Free Press Research Director Derek Turner is expected to tell the House Communications Subcommittee that his organization opposed the Federal Communications Commission's new network neutrality regulations, but it has no desire to see it overturned by House Republicans.
"While aspects of the rule may be flawed, any attempt to repeal it leaves Internet users fundamentally unprotected," Turner plans to tell the Subcommittee. "Members of this body may be uncomfortable with the precise contours of the FCC's rules," he said, which was something of an understatement when applied to the Republican leadership. They have unequivocally slammed the rules as regulatory overreach that will chill investment. He pointed out that Free Press itself had opposed the order, but because it felt the FCC had not gone far enough in protecting Internet openness. Turner says invalidating rules will "remove the FCC's current weak and industry-blessed rules and prevent the FCC from addressing the most blatant forms of discrimination and anti-competitive activities at any point in the future."
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