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  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn Files Internet Freedom Act

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is keeping the promise she made last month. Today, she filed a bill to strike down the Federal Communications Commission’s recent move to enact net neutrality regulations. The Internet Freedom Act states Internet regulation is the sole prerogative of Congress, and is supported by more than 60 House members, including the majority of Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    “I agree that the Internet faces a number of challenges,” Rep. Blackburn said in a statement. “Only Congress can address those challenges without compounding them. Until we do, the FCC and other federal bureaucracies should keep their hands off the ‘net.”

    Action on the bill is expected soon, Blackburn’s spokesman said — but the act is only an intermediate step in the longer process of repealing the actual regulations.

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    25 Responses to Rep. Marsha Blackburn Files Internet Freedom Act

    1. Bobbie says:

      the derelict democrats are corrupt and confusing. Today is a beautiful day. To hear the voices of reason who respect the freedom of the people and stand strong to defend, has finally commenced.

      Thank you Marsha, for your position to put FCC etc., in their rightful place! We're counting on your strength to correct the overreach of government.

    2. 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 “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :
      http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congre
      Mickey

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    4. RebeccaH says:

      I'm grateful that there are still Congresspeople who are willing to protect the American people from the depredations of an out-of-control federal government. Keep up the good work.

    5. Mike, Bartlesville O says:

      This is a blueprint for calling a halt to other bureaucratic usurpations of congressional authority.

      The EPA, CPSC, DEA, and the entire Department of Education should be next.

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    7. Ayn Rand says:

      She is certainly representing the wishes of those who bought and paid for her very well – big business.

      Bravo, Republicans. Showing the true colors of sycophancy before anyone who waves a dollar bill in front of your face.

    8. ROGER DANVILLE CA says:

      SALES TAX AND INTERNET TAX NEED TO HAVE PARITY TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL BUSINESSES IN THE STATES WHO ARE AT AN ECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE WITH A TAX FREE INTERNET.

    9. George B says:

      Net Neutrality is a solution in search of a problem. All ISPs have to do traffic shaping to keep certain computer to computer uses like BitTorrent from taking up most of the available bandwidth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_shaping Maybe the solution is usage based pricing vs. all you can eat, but ISPs have to do something to make sure people using the internet live have a reasonably fast connection. So far ISPs have managed their networks well without government help. Does anyone seriously think that the government will do a better job? Quoting Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, "Nobody in their right mind would trust these clowns to babysit their cat. Why on earth would we give them control of the economy?"

    10. Matt says:

      Ayn Rand? You call yourself that while promoting the exact opposite of her philosophy. Somebody's a bit confused. Big business loves government regulation to help destroy their competitors and start up companies. Google bought and paid for this current regulation. When regulation stifles competition, the consumer loses out. I don't even have to go into what the FCC is paving the way for, which is censorship.

    11. Rick Caird says:

      I do not understand the comment made by the guy calling himself Ayn Rand. The courts have told the FCC they do nit have the power to regulate the internet. But, the FCC went ahead and did it anyway.

      In no way is "net neutrality" about neutrality. It is about who will pay for the bandwidth required for high bandwidth applications. The question is whether Netflix and Google kick in for streaming video (utube) and movie downloads or whether everyone, including the people only doing web browsing and email, pay for bandwidth expansion. The ones pushing for general contributions (also known as net neutrality) are the big companies whose business model depends on very low cost internet delivery. So, net neutrality is being pushed by a subset of big companies.

      The so called Ayn Rand has it backwards. In fact, the real Ayn Rand would never favor net neutrality. She would favor those who use the most, pay the most. Think railroads. Would Ayn Rand support taxing the general population for rail service or only those who ship via rail.

    12. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Marsha Blackburn!

      The *only* congress member who is standing for the people. To date, this person is top of my Presidential list. No talk without accociated action – I like it. It is refreashing.

      I like the deregulation – it is important. But we have a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

      Lets get to the cuts. The federal government will likely need more than 40% of the budget to be paid for by debt. If we do nothing this year concerning the out of control federal spending, we will have a national debt of over $15 trillion!

      If we do not change the way the District of Columbia is doing business, the National Debt stated in terms of a typical 30 year household mortgage at 6% would look like:

      Current Debt $13.4 Trillion –

      - Monthly Payment = $80.3 Billion

      - Annual aggregate payment = $964.1 Billion

      - Total Interest = $15.5 Trillion

      - Total Obligation = $28.9 Trillion

      After 2011 the total debt will be over $15 Trillion

      - Monthly Payment = $89.9 Billion

      - Annual aggregate payment = $1.079 Trillion

      - Total Interest = $17.4 Trillion

      - Total Obligation = $32.4 Trillion

      After 2012 the total debt will be over $17 Trillion

      - Monthly Payment = $101.9 Billion

      - Annual aggregate payment = $1.223 Trillion

      - Total Interest = $19.7 Trillion

      - Total Obligation = $36.7 Trillion

      The richest man on earth could not even pay the first monthly payment:

      “Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helú (or Carlos Slim) is currently the richest man on Earth with an estimated net worth of US $60.0 billion (2010). Helú made his fortune in telecommunications.” – http://wiki.answers.com

    13. Kevin from Chatham says:

      The FCC has overstepped its bounds and in reality the FCC has no place in 21st Century America. Regulations are intended to protect the public from the unfair, the criminals, those that seek to take advantage of others. These regulations were unnecessary as the internet is self-regulating. There is absolutely no need for the FCC or any other government entity to stick its unwelcome nose into the internet. If it isn't broken it doesn't need fixing and regulations (particularly those from outside Congress are wrong)..

      Bravo Representative Blackburn. Keep up the good work.

    14. Don, Dallas Texas says:

      In the true sense of honesty & clarity that "Ayn Rand" must surely claim as her mantra, at the very least she should change her name to one that more closely aligns with her political views. What's next, a "Ronald Regan" promoting more big government intrusion?

    15. Don Harper, Lubbock, says:

      Exactly right, Matt. "Ayn Rand"??? "Nancy Pelosi" is more like it.

    16. Jim Reinarz Austin, says:

      I would like to know in the Constitution where it says there is an FCC? Isn't this a made up commission? Do they have the power to regulate or has it been given over time?????

    17. Tim AZ says:

      Unfortunately these govt. agencies have two more years to inflict as much damage to the public as they can muster. There is an upside to this disturbing behavior that these agencies continue to engage in. They are placing themselves at the top of the list of failed govt. agencies that are ripe for the consideration of termination. They are doing us a favor by making the case for their own elimination. How fast could we achieve an economic turn around just by abolishing the top three? Have you had enough yet?

    18. Mike, Bartlesville O says:

      Here we go again – the shiny-at-the-elbows "big business" shtik from liberals. That act was a farce back in the '80s.

      To paraphrase C. S. Lewis: a tyranny exercised for the ostensible benefit of its subjects is the worst tyranny of all.

    19. Scot, New Jersey says:

      if a regulatory body has no statutory authority to regulate something, can't the regulated just ignore the them? I say to the internet providors, just ignore the rgulations…the FCC will never be able to prosecute anyone for violating regulations thay have no authority to issue.

    20. Ace Sez Bishop. Cali says:

      Over 200 gov't agencies could and should be abolished in these first few weeks of the 112th Congress–a lot of useless 'over paid do-littles' would become unemployed and the Dems could scream about the uptick in jobs lost–but we as a Nation can no longer afford the dubious luxury of having gov't agencies do the thinking for us–Right?

      The military–law enforcement and the agencies that support those two entities are all we need from DC–let the individual States govern themselves as the ppl of those States so chose to be govern'd.

      The likes of Pelosi and Reid mean ugly lookin' pols should be enforcing their agendas on no other than the States that voted them into office

      The National Park Service–The US Forest–BLM FCC EPA etc, etc, are make work jobs that could be handled by private sector contractors more efficiently–Saving money by reducing size of Gov't is somthing most Nov 2010 voters voted for–lets get it done? Yeah and clear out the wussies in the US State Dept.The ppl there do more harm to our Foreign Relations than anything.Stop funding the State Dept and Foreign Aid too—Amen!!

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    23. richard40 says:

      Sounds like an excellent idea.

      Of course, since the FCC has no statutory authority now to regulate the internet in this fashion, they shouldn't be passing any regulations like this in the first place. But since the Obama administration has little respect for either statutory authority, or the constitution, a firm reminder from congress doesn't hurt.

      While they are at it, congress should also clearly ban any attempt to destroy talk radio with any renewed attempt at a "fairness" doctrine, or any "diversity" standards.

    24. Dinah Garrison Fairb says:

      @George B

      Very well said. My grandpa always said, "If it isn't broke don't fix it." That seems to apply here.

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