A House subcommittee on Wednesday is expected to vote to repeal the FCC’s recently passed net neutrality guidelines, but, like healthcare reform, their regulatory rollback has little chance of passage.
The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), will take up a resolution to reject the FCC’s open Internet rule, which passed by a vote of 3-2 in December.
The House’s recently passed budget bill prohibited the FCC from using funds to implement their rules, which require Internet providers to treat all content equally, albeit with more flexibility for wireless carriers. The FCC’s rules had some grudging support from some telecom firms, if only because they wanted to see the issue resolved, while Verizon filed suit claiming it was regulatory overreach.
The rollback has little chance of passing, as it will have a tough time getting through the Senate and even if that happened, it would probably be vetoed by President Obama.
Nevertheless, it is one more issue that the Republicans can use to claim that government regulation is putting the squeeze on business, and perhaps can be made into campaign talking points (i.e. “take your hands off my Internet!”)