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  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn Promises to Undo FCC’s Internet Regulations

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a longtime advocate of Internet freedom, said she’s undaunted by the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to adopt net neutrality rules. Instead, she thinks the FCC’s action will be a catalyst for renewed commitment on the issue in the 112th Congress.

    “What we will do is first use this as a way to show how we’re going to keep that Pledge to America,” she said yesterday at The Heritage Foundation. “We said in the Pledge that any rule or regulation that had more than $100 million impact on our nation’s economy would be subject to review. … This is an area where we can keep that Pledge. We can go ahead and start congressional review and move forward on getting this off the books.”

    Blackburn was speaking at The Bloggers Briefing as the FCC debated the net neutrality rules. When the 112th Congress convenes on Jan. 5, Blackburn said she will reintroduce her bill to block the FCC from implementing the regulations and force the issue back to Congress.

    “We’ve had bipartisan agreement on this, that the FCC should not take this action, that we, as members of Congress, should be the ones that are there to take that action or any action that should be done,” she said.

    Of course, in this case, that “action” might be no action at all. After all, discontent with Internet service providers has not exactly been widespread. On the contrary, Blackburn said: Most people have been pleased with the access they’ve received from providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

    “Our action is to make sure that the Internet remains unencumbered and does not have the FCC with a chokehold on it,” she said. “We are moving from an industrial, manufacturing, technology-based economy to a creative economy … and the creative economy depends on an unencumbered Internet.”

    FCC intrusion would mean just the opposite — an Internet of interference and obstacles.

    “What the FCC would do today is to implement the Fairness Doctrine for the Internet and force people to come to them,” Blackburn said. “They would have the determination of what could be innovated. They would have the determination of what should be the priority and value assigned to all the content that is traveling. So, we’re watching it very closely. We’re going to continue to do so as they go through the rule-making process and, then, come Jan. 5, you’re going to see us vigorously opposing this.”

    That vigorous opposition will include a lack of funding if necessary, Blackburn said.

    “That goes without saying,” she said. “We’re going to have numerous amendments to defund plenty of things in the House to keep money from going where they would like for money to be going, whether it is health care, whether it is the FCC, whether it is the EPA implementing cap-and-trade under the Clean Air Act. You’re going to see a series of amendments that would defund those activities that we view as being harmful to free enterprise and the American people.”

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    33 Responses to Rep. Marsha Blackburn Promises to Undo FCC’s Internet Regulations

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      “That goes without saying,” she said. “We’re going to have numerous amendments to defund plenty of things in the House to keep money from going where they would like for money to be going, whether it is health care, whether it is the FCC, whether it is the EPA implementing cap-and-trade under the Clean Air Act. You’re going to see a series of amendments that would defund those activities that we view as being harmful to free enterprise and the American people.” – Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

      You GO representative! Thank you for your resolve! Keep this new congress’s nose to the grind.

      I am going to keep her to her word. While we maintain a list of vile RINO’s to eliminate in the next election, we should also have a list of Conservative Heroes that we promote. Blackburn is one of those. If she is successful, she should be raised and praised. If our elected officials are all about themselves, then we should treat members of congress as children and use positive reinforcement for people like Blackburn and put the others in a corner in timeout. In short time, they may start acting like adults and do the peoples business in a simple, efficient, AND transparent way.

      This grab for power by unelected public officials is despicable and needs to be reined in. If the Obama Administration is going to use the federal workforce against the people, it is time for congress to take his tools of oppression away – defunding these departments is the only way.

    2. EJJ, Fort Worth, Tex says:

      Marsha Blackburn is awesome!

    3. Maria says:

      Thank you Rep. Blackburn…now, about those senators from your state, have you considered a senate run in 2012?

    4. Bobbie says:

      More evidence many in American government with the backing of the president, are targeting the freedom of the American people. The only complaint the people have.

      The government is way out of line, as if stopping at nothing to infiltrate the conduct of foreign 3rd world leadership.

    5. Jack M., Cibolo, TX says:

      Totally agree with George, especially when it comes to identifying the RINOs and making sure they are not re-elected in 2012, but supporting the true conservatives as they attempt to stop this onslaught against the free market system by Obama's regulatory miscreants.

    6. Dan Popa says:

      OK. Sounds good. Now do it! Why $100,000,000 limit. How about anything unconstitutional. Wake up folks. These creepers in government have made the courts and probably congress limp and weak. Obama and his boys and girls have all the cards. They are traitors and should dealt with accordingly. Their intent is to destroy and rule. To enslave if possible. They are not good people. Let's call them what they are . They are power hungry, greedy people and quite possibly evil. Hitler's bureacrats had nothing on these people. It is just 70 years later. Human nature has not changed in that persiod. We have a fraud of a president and even the best of Republicans have shrugged their duty to expose Obama. He is a liar, a fraud, possibly not ebven a legit citizen and certain ineligibile to be president under Art @ Sect 1 of the Constitution. These quasi-contstitutionalists in DC know that yet do nothing. They are gutless. Wake up. The Republic is vanishing daily. Don;'t count on congress to save our asses. We will have to do it ourselves. Mr Obama….Go straight to Hell you Anti American Creeper!!!!!!!!!

    7. Gary C, Waxhaw, NC. says:

      Calm down folks; you get too excited with these "promises". Something always happens that prevents these folks from moving to the right, yet seldom are they prevented from moving left and growing gov't. Do you really expect gov't to shrink with the new Congress? To repeal Obamacare? Tell me when it has. If we're a center right country as we've been told we are, why are we in this situation?

      I'll sum it up for you as to your unfounded feelings towards Republicans: If democrats are a speedboat to statism, republicans are a barge. They'll get there, just takes them longer.

    8. VC Geezer, Virginia says:

      I'm glad to finally see some people in Washington stand up to these socialist policies!

    9. Ace Sez Bishop, Cali says:

      I'd like to believe Rep. Blackburn—but politicians have a way of becoming arrogant with the power they realize they have accrued –which tends to defeat their announced 'good intentions'

      This is a wait and see thing for me !!

    10. Daver, Ft. Worth says:

      Defunding is power–drink long and deep young Tigers and rip the heart out of the "elitist establishment."

      We need to encourage and support the efforts–just like the media pushed the lame duck session to drive change–we need to start Jan 5, with all ahead full–defund everything but the military; and lets see how brave those beauracrat buggers are when their jobs are threatened. Can't they just be content to do nothing like the other 99% of beauracrats?

    11. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Defund FCC and that will take care of all governmental intrusions.

    12. DamagedGoods says:

      Another strong, beautiful, sensible Conservative American woman…..

      No wonder the liberals/democrats hate us !

    13. cheech says:

      Go get em' Marsha…

    14. Wanda, Scottsdale, A says:

      Glad to see you are not "compromising" this issue. I am not happy that our elected Republicans seem to be easing up on the Democrats. I was hoping the Republicans would get them to cut out some Pork in order to get their vote for the various Bills they passed. Didn't happen.

    15. AD - Downey CA says:

      Actions speak much louder than words.

      Congresskritters talk a lot, but their actions rarely match up to what they said they were going to do.

      Prove all of us skeptics wrong, Congresswoman!

    16. derp, ville says:

      I woud like to see her undo the net neutrality as well, as I beleive what ever my internet service provides me with is what the internet completely consist of.

      Win.

    17. derp, ville says:

      And I'll be damned if my provider tells me what sites I'm not allowed into under their contract or if they are following my trail, in fact I would like to be surprised some day when they say derp we saw you liked spying so we installed a tracking device on your 20 doller cellphone you got at family doller!

      I would be most impressed.

    18. Hank- Parker, CO says:

      Finally someone will be trying to help the American people for qa change. Maybe this is the beginning of getting back our country and stop this non-sense of total government control

    19. Bob Tuttle says:

      Rep Marshburn should be put to task on this. if she and our new reps and sen's do not do this we should fire them all. immediately.

    20. Evelyn Reed, Granbur says:

      I'm glad to hear about your plan to undo the FCC rules. Great – this is just another attempt by Dems to control everything!

    21. Dinah Garrison Fairb says:

      These new internet regs are a problem, I agree. However, the biggest problem I am seeing is that these regulations have been changed even though the Congress had no voice and after a court had said that this could not be done in this way. The truly worrisome issue is that this is not even close to the first time this administration has made end-runs around Congress and what I have always believed to be the way our country was supposed to be run. Who is supposed to be controlling these people who are ignoring the rules and even laws? The DoJ? The President? Right. We have one very large problem causing a lot of smaller ones.

    22. Judy Graci, Metairie says:

      Why has this abuse of power gone relatively unnoticed in the media. I really don't see this issue being addressed

    23. Russell Johnson Miss says:

      Please, Please, Stop any and all of our tax dollars from funding the ACLU.

    24. mickeywhite says:

      Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:

      Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extention.

      Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:

      Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

      Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.

      See her unconstitutional votes at :
      http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congre
      Mickey

    25. Ralph Roshto, Lacomb says:

      Patriots,

      The real 'Net Neutrality' would be to DEFUND THE FCC.

      Let Freedom Ring

    26. Ralph Roshto, Lacomb says:

      IS THIS JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF THE "FAIRNESS DOCTRINE"?

    27. Gary C, Waxhaw, NC. says:

      Micky,

      Thanks; you proved my point. OK folks, now what? And there are hundreds like her…they all seem to "grow in office" (read: move way left). It's natural and all your wishes and rhetoric won't stop it.

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    29. Fufu Memphis says:

      Thank you, Marsha Blackburn. Every step toward logic helps our nation.

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