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By 10 January 2011 One Comment

H.R. 96 – To Prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from Further Regulating the Internet
Rep. Marsha Blackburn & 62 Cosponsors
1/5/2011

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.

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  • mickeywhite said:

    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extention.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :
    http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congressman-marsha-blackburn-votes.html
    Mickey