Research: Congressional Movement Against FCC Rules
H.R. 96 – To Prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from Further Regulating the Internet
Rep. Marsha Blackburn & 62 Cosponsors
Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has re-introduced a bill this past week to prohibit the FCC from regulating the Internet. The text of the bill will eventually be placed online at Thomas. For the time being the text of the bill has yet to be placed online, but the cosponsors are listed with the bill information.
The text of the bill is expected to read similar to a version of the same bill that was introduced last year by Rep. Blackburn. That bill read:
(a) IN GENERAL.—The Federal Communications Commission shall not propose, promulgate, or issue any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services.
(b) EXCEPTION.—The limitation set forth in this section shall not apply to any regulations that the Commission determines necessary—
(1) to prevent damage to the national security of the United States;
(2) to ensure the public safety; or
(3) to assist or facilitate any actions taken by a Federal or State law enforcement agency.
(c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede, repeal, or negate any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services that were in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act, including any regulations established pursuant to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (47 U.S.C. 1001 note).
(d) GENERAL PRINCIPLES.—Congress finds that—
(1) the Internet and all IP-enabled services are services affecting interstate commerce; and
(2) such services are not be subject to the jurisdiction of any State or municipal locality.
Last year Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a Senate version of the bill. It is anticipated that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will release a Senate version of this new House bill.