Rep Blackburn drops anti-net neutrality bill


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Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a bill that would keep the Federal Communications Commission from taking another stab at network neutrality rules.

Rep Blackburn announced that she would be introducing the bill when FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that he would be attempting to rewrite the agency's net neutrality rules. Those rules, which prevented Internet providers from blocking or slowing access to certain websites, were overturned by a federal court. Chairman Wheeler said that the agency would be rewriting the rules according to the court's decision. The bill that Rep Blackburn introduced -- HR 4070, the Internet Freedom Act -- would prohibit the agency from issuing new net neutrality rules. "It’s time for Congress to slam the FCC’s regulatory back-door shut, lock it, and return the keys to the free market," Rep Blackburn said. "My legislation will put the brakes on net neutrality and protect our innovators from these job-killing regulations."

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