House Republicans did not pass a budget ahead of today’s deadline but they have passed yet another bill that fixes a non-existent problem.
The House voted this morning to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from telling internet service providers what they can charge for access.
“The last thing we want to throw on there is the cold water of Washington bureaucracy, after the fact regulation, that will stifle competition and innovation that has benefitted consumers,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said. […]
Democrats argue the House bill hits squarely at the FCC’s net neutrality rules, and only five members of the party crossed over to vote with Republicans.
This bill will never become law but the good news for Republicans is the FCC hasn’t told anyone what they can charge for internet service.
Republicans have played the role of Doomsayer over the FCC’s net neutrality rules for several years now but none of their dire predictions have come true. You might say it’s fitting that Republicans have referred to net neutrality as “Obamacare for the internet.” Their dire predictions about Obamacare haven’t come true either.