US House votes against net neutrality regulations Erin Bock at 11:48 AM ET
[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted on Friday to overturn regulations aimed at preserving the Internet as a free and open platform of communication. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] approved the regulations last year [JURIST report], which prevent Internet providers from selectively blocking web access. The House voted 240-179 [Reuters report] in favor of a resolution that blocks the regulations. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) [official website] applauded the passage [statement] as "an important step" for House republicans:
These regulations give the government unwarranted authority to control broadband networks which ultimately will hinder a thriving industry, harm competition and stifle innovation...The passage of this resolution is part of House Republicans' pro-growth agenda to give business people in this county the chance to grow, innovate and compete so that people can get back to work.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official website] criticized the resolution [statement], stating that it "will not become law" and that it hinders competition amongst service providers and revokes "basic consumer protections."
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