Republicans rail against FCC's net neutrality proposals

Incumbent wireless and wireline service providers aren't the only ones opposed to the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules. Now, twenty Republican members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski asking him to delay the October 22nd vote on his plan. Although he has not made a public comment on the letters, Genachowski, a Democrat, maintains that he wants to have rules in place that will prevent broadband providers from throttling down power Internet users or block access to other services that user's receive over their respective broadband pipes.

Genachowski and other Democrats argue that the proposed net neutrality rules will prevent telephone operators from blocking their user's ability to access VoIP services running on their network and cable MSOs from hampering access to online video applications. However, Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida, a member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, argue that the new net neutrality rules will cause broadband service providers to dial down network investments. Instead of voting on the rules next week, Republicans want Genachowski to conduct a "thorough market analysis" to see if the regulations are needed.

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