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House Repubs Grill FCC on Net Neutrality

February 16, 2011

House Republicans grilled the head of the FCC on issue surrounding ‘Net Neutrality”. The House Repubs support carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint — as to their desire to control traffic on the Internet. It is all about how much carriers can charge you and me and even Amazon or other businesses online.

The Washington Post reports: Julius Genachowski and his Democratic colleagues Wednesday defended their controversial December Internet access rule known as net neutrality.

In a hearing before the House Communications and Internet subcommittee, Genachowski stood by his first-time Internet rules and said a dispute between content delivery service Level 3 and Comcast over traffic delivery charges don’t fall under the new rules.

The net neutrality order “doesn’t change anything to existing peering arrangements,” Genachowski said in the hearing. He added that he “hopes those parties settle and resolve it.”

The statement comes amid a growing debate over how network operators that provide services to consumers can use their access to homes to unfairly charge more for companies such as Level 3, whose clients (including Netflix) depend on Comcast and other ISPs to reach users.

Here is the kicker…. the new mantra of the Republicans — regulations stifle job creation.

Republican commissioners opposed the net neutrality rule in a 3 to 2 vote. They were supported by Republican lawmakers who called the hearing to examine whether the rules would harm network operators such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast and lead to job losses.

BTW: Comcast reports today their average revenue per customer is up 11% charging their customers an average of $133.43 a month! So, the Republicans again are engaged in false arguments plus advocate for big carriers who want to charge customers more for Internet usage. See how this works?

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