Woman Who Tried To Kill Net Neutrality Rules Will Chair Gov't Communications & Technology Subcommittee
January 09, 2017
(NATIONAL) -- Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who has tried in the past to overturn net neutrality rules and help states impose limits on municipal broadband, is going to be the new chairperson of a Congressional telecommunications subcommittee.
Blackburn will head up the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, according to an announcement a few days ago by the subcommittee.
According to tech-news reports Blackburn, "Has consistently tried to unravel FCC attempts to regulate broadband providers. In 2015, she filed legislation titled the "Internet Freedom Act" to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's then-new network neutrality rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization."
Although the net neutrality rules remain in effect, for the time being, Republicans are expected to attack net neutrality again under incoming President-elect Donald Trump and a fully Republican controlled congress.
According to Arstechnica, "Blackburn has also worked to preserve laws in about 20 states that make it difficult for cities and towns to offer their own broadband Internet services."
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