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Blackburn Working to Block Regulatory Overreach of the FCC

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Washington, November 20, 2015 | comments

Actions taken by the FCC over the last several months have raised issues of transparency, accountability, and regulatory humility. 

From Net Neutrality to the Commission’s potential entry as an online privacy regulator, Congress continues to be discouraged by Commission policies, which are seen as picking winners and losers and hurting consumers.

Specifically, I continue to be troubled by the FCC’s decision to pre-empt state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that restrict municipal entry into broadband markets – a position even the DOJ found it could not support.  Such decisions have financial consequences for state taxpayers and should be left to their elected representatives.

On November 17th the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held an oversight hearing on the FCC. Full video of the hearing is here

Additionally, I’m leading an amicus brief, signed by 23 of my colleagues, asking the D.C. Court of Appeals to strike the net neutrality regulations down. The court will hold oral arguments on December 4th and we look forward to a decision expected in the first months of 2016.

Rate regulation is a tremendous concern as are increased fees, the loss of liberty, and the pre-empting of free speech. These concerns deserve a thorough examination. For more information, click here

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