THE US House of Representatives has moved to oppose Federal Communications Commission (FCC) net neutrality rules that would prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) from offering higher quality Internet service to paying customers and putting everyone else in the slow lane.
The House has passed a resolution saying that the FCC's proposed regulations should "have no force or effect", after a vote on disapproving the FCC's ruling drew 241 yays and 178 nays.
Yesterday net neutrality lawsuits filed by Verizon Communications and MetroPCS Communications were dismissed as premature by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Big content corporations are trying to prevent the FCC from protecting users against their two-tier plans, and have claimed that the FCC is overstepping its mark.
The FCC requested that their cases be dismissed because they were filed prematurely and the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed.
The House vote was just political grandstanding by the Republican party in Congress, which has a majority in the House. It is in the minority in the Senate, however, and even if the Senate were to also pass the resolution, President Obama could veto it, and likely would. µ
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