Juliana Gruenwald of the National Journal reports that House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden has is taking the FCC’s recent net neutrality rules head on:
During a speech at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners winter meeting, the Oregon Republican said he filed the amendment to the continuing resolution that would provide continuing funds for government operations, which the House is set to start considering Tuesday.
Walden said his effort to block FCC funding for the net neutrality rules is an attempt to “lay down a marker and try to put this on hold.”
Via Cecilia Kang of the Washington Post, here’s Walden’s amendment:
“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement the Report and Order of the Federal Communications Commission relating to the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices (FCC 10-201, adopted by the Commission on December 21, 2010).”
Meanwhile, as Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton reports, FCC Commisioner Meredith A. Baker — who joined fellow Republican Robert McDowell in voting against the rules — will warn the House Communications Subcommittee at today’s hearing that net neutrality will hinder efforts for broadband expansion:
“How do we craft the regulatory environment that will incent broadband deployment to extend networks deeper into communities; to upgrade networks for next-generation services; and to foster broadband competition?,” [Baker] plans to ask, rhetorically.