Last week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passes an amendment that would defund the FCC’s net neutrality efforts. Via Wes Barrett of Fox News, the move isn’t sitting well with Senators in the Democrat-controlled Senate:
Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Al Franken, D-Minn., signed on to [a] letter that also mentions efforts to permanently defund net neutrality implementation through a Congressional Review Act.
“We write to object strongly to the use of the appropriations process or the Congressional Review Act to keep the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from doing its job,” the letter says. “We ask you to object to any similar efforts here in the Senate. Such action aims to strip the FCC of its legal authority over modern communications and hand control of the Internet over to the owners of the wires that deliver information and services over them.”
Later in the letter, the Senators state they’re willing to work with the House to modernize the Communications Act, but that the FCC should be continued to work on net neutrality regardless.