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Measure To Block Open Internet Order Passes House

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WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 - In a strongly party-line vote Friday afternoon, the House passed House Joint Resolution 37, an action that would undo the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.

Only five Democrats voted in favor of the resolution.

During his floor speech, Rep Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said that there is currently no crisis that demands the federal government intervene.

“The FCC’s rules threaten to chill the very investment and innovation we need to ensure the Internet keeps pace with the growing demands being placed on it,” said House Energy and Commerce Chairman, Fred Upton (R-MI).

Democrats countered GOP statements, saying that the FCC is not trying to regulate the Internet and that the House should be working toward achieving a solution to the budget rather than voting on the joint resolution.

As the business day came to a close on Friday, Congress had reached no deal on the nation's budget, just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. If no compromise is reached by then, the federal government will shut down.

“The FCC’s Open Internet Order will bring clarity to the broadband and high-tech economy.  The Rules will promote competition, innovation, job creation and protect consumers.  These common sense rules should not be controversial, let alone repealed, particularly when an overwhelming number of stakeholders and economists support the FCC Order,” said Rep. Dorris Matsui (D-CA).  “H.J. Res. 37 will discourage competition, innovation and job creation.  It is critical that we continue to support a free and open Internet for all Americans.”

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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  1. I have read the order, comments, and discussion and it seems that nobody gets it. This is not about the Internet. This is about the Rule of Law. Even the President does not get it. No agency of the US Government has the Constitutional Power to write binding LAW! That power is the EXCLUSIVE right of Congress!!! And a Bill written and passed by Congress only becomes Law when 1) Signed by the President, or 2) vetoed and the veto overridden by Congress. The FCC cannot make their own Law!!! Neither can the DOD, the SEC, the FDA, the FHTB, the FBI, the CIA, the SSA, the IRS, the DOT, the FAA, or any other agency of the United States of America. Furthermore the Federal Courts have told the FCC this fact previously, and the Supreme Court has also. These “Regulations” violate the Rule of Law that the Constitution spells out for the Government of the United States. It does not matter what the subject of the regulations cover, or the “merits” of the idea, the FCC lacks the AUTHORITY!

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