Thursday, January 6, 2011

Rep. Blackburn's H.R. 96 Seeks to Ban FCC Internet Regulation 01/06/2011 San Francisco - It is short, but in the minds of many advocates and a majority of Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, not at all sweet. 

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) speaks at a net neutrality event at
The Heritage Foundation on December 21.
 (Photo: Heritage Foundation)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) has refiled at the start of the new 112th Congress her legislation which proposes, in a succinct two pages of text, to fully prohibit the FCC from any effort to "propose, promulgate, or issue any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services."

The filing of the bill, now named H.R. 96 The Internet Freedom Act, by Blackburn has been widely reported and anticipated since her comments in December during the deliberations by FCC Commissioners over what would become the Open Internet Order voted through on December 21. The current legislation appears identical to Blackburn's filed proposal during the previous Congress.

Given the processing of hundreds of pieces of legislation filed at the beginning of the current Congress however, the full text of the bill is not yet available via the Thomas legislative tracking service of Library of Congress. We publish the bill below, as it was provided to this publication this morning by Rep. Blackburn's communications director, Claude Chafin.

Blackburn Internet Freedom Act - H.R. 96 of 112th Congress
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