Recent events have revolved strongly around the Report and Order (GN Docket 09-191,
WC Docket 07-52, FCC-10-201A1) released by the FCC on December 23, 2010 establishing
three enforceable ‘net neutrality’ regulations applicable to providers of broadband
Internet access services
Internet Investment, Innovation, and Competition Preservation Act (H.R.166)
Its purpose is to prohibit the FCC from regulating information services or Internet
access services absent a market failure. The bill states that to the extent the
FCC has the authority to regulate an information or Internet service, before regulating
either one, the FCC must first conduct an open, transparent cost-benefit analysis
and submit it to Congress. On the same day the Internet Freedom Act (H.R.96) was
introduced. Its purpose being to prohibit the FCC from further regulating the Internet.
Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 (S.74)
This Act has the stated purpose of preserving the free and open nature of the Internet,
expanding the benefits of broadband, and promoting universally available and affordable
These were followed by an Amendment Blocking Funding of FCC Net Neutrality Rules
On February 17, 2011 the House of Representatives voted 244 to 181 to approve an
amendment to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R.1) that would
block funding for implementation of the FCC’s net neutrality regulations adopted
by the agency in December 2010 . This was followed by a series of events culminating
in a Joint Resolution Disapproving FCC Net Neutrality Rules (H.J.RES.37) on Wednesday,
March 9, 2011 subsequently passed by the House on April 8. A companion Joint Resolution
Disapproving FCC Net Neutrality Rules (S.J.RES.6) was passed by the Senate on November
Currently in a quiet period more activity is awaited.
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