House approves measure to overturn FCC net neutrality rules

On Friday, the House voted 240-179 in favor of a resolution (HJ Res 37) of disapproval that would overturn the net neutrality rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or slowing web sites on their networks.  The resolution was largely supported by House Republicans, who believe that the FCC is overstepping its authority and hindering business with the net neutrality rules.  However, net neutrality supporters, including the American Library Association, fear that repealing the net neutrality rules would allow Internet service providers to give preferential treatment to select companies. 

In Maryland, votes fell along party lines with Bartlett and Harris voting in favor of the bill to overturn the net neutrality rules.  Cummings, Edwards, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes and Van Hollen opposed the resolution.

In order for the FCC net neutrality rules to be overturned, the resolution would need to pass in the Senate and be signed by President Obama.  Obama has indicated through the Office of Management and Budget that he would oppose any such measure.

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