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Pushing to Pre-Empt the F.C.C

Newspaper article International New York Times

Pushing to Pre-Empt the F.C.C

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Republican lawmakers are interfering with an effort to ensure fair play on the Internet.

Many Republicans have no fondness for net neutrality -- the idea that cable and phone companies should treat all information equally as it travels over broadband Internet networks. So it comes as no surprise that some of them are trying to throw a wrench into the Federal Communications Commission's plan to adopt strong Internet rules.

Republicans and large telecommunications companies are natural allies in opposing government regulations. Now, two Republican lawmakers, Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, have proposed a bill that they claim would achieve neutrality on the Internet without the kind of regulation the F.C.C. is expected to approve next month. But the legislation has such large loopholes that cable and phone companies like Comcast and Verizon would feel almost no effect.

The bill would prohibit the F.C. …

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