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January 16, 2015

Congress Drafts Bill That Limits FCC’s Power

Congressional Republicans are looking to remove the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to have a say in Net neutrality, according to the draft of a bill being circulated.

The proposed legislation would give the FCC authority only to enforce rules passed by Congress.

Republicans, who now have a majority in both the U.S. House and Senate have been open about their plan to prevent the FCC from imposing public utility regulations on broadband providers — despite the fact that the plan was endorsed by U.S. President Barrack Obama.

If the bill becomes law, it will also prevent the reclassification of broadband services as utilities, also known as Title II.

Leading the charge against the FCC’s plan is Senate Commerce Committee chairman, Sen. John Thune.

Thune told The Washington Post the proposed legislation “protects both consumers who rely on Internet services and innovators who create jobs.”

Check out the bill below:

Net Neutrality legislation