Pelosi: Anti-Net Neutrality Bill Isn’t Going Anywhere

April 10, 2011

By Josh Smith, National Journal

BOSTON – Even as the House voted to repeal federal Internet access rules Friday, top Democratic policymakers called free and open communications a vital part of American democracy.

Speaking at Free Press’s National Conference for Media Reform, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was pleased by Democratic opposition to the GOP-backed resolution, which cleared the House Friday afternoon. The resolution would nullify Federal Communications Commission net neutrality regulations that aim to prevent Internet service providers from blocking certain websites.

“No one should be guarding the gate on the Internet,” Pelosi said. She said despite the House vote, the resolution isn’t likely to gain support in the Senate. “I don’t think this bill is going anyplace,” Pelosi predicted.

Critics of the regulations say they unnecessarily interfere in the private market. Republicans who sponsored the House legislation argued that the FCC overstepped its authority to enact rules that aren’t needed.

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps, who voted to enact the rules in December but advocated for more stringent measures, said net neutrality is one of many communications principles that must be protected.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • JudeeBee says:

    How apprpriate! A comment on the Net Neutrality Bill’s hopeful demise from the NEUTRALIZED.Pelosi. Poor soul is desperate for some attention There is a God afterall..

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