Republican congresspeople are following through on election promises by setting up a vote on a bill to repeal the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules before those rules have a chance to go into effect.
The rules are generally opposed by large ISPs like phone and cable operators, who contend they will restrict the growth of Internet services. The FCC initiated them to prohibit those same broadband providers from discriminating against over-the-top or non-ISP content delivery from such services as Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX). Two ISPs, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and MetroPCS were rebuffed in court this week when they sued to block the rules--because the rules were not in effect.
Even if it's approved, the GOP legislation, sponsored by Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon, is expected to meet opposition along its lawmaking way. Senate Democrats don't support it and the Obama White House has threatened to veto it.
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