Hutchison Files Amendment to Halt Government Regulation of the Internet

December 16, 2010

Ranking Member Kay Bailey HutchisonWASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), the Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today filed an amendment to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from regulating the Internet. The amendment specifically would prohibit the FCC from using any appropriated funds “to adopt, implement, or otherwise litigate any network neutrality based rules, protocols, or standards.”  The amendment is cosponsored by Senators Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), John Ensign (R-Nev.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Thune (R-S.D), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).


“The FCC chairman’s attempt to impose new government regulations on the Internet is unnecessary government overreach that will stifle future innovation,” said Senator Hutchison.


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