Republicans to investigate Obama's influence over net neutrality2015-02-09 10:00 by Daniela
Tags: Net Neutrality
House Republicans have officially expressed their embarrassment about the influence of President Obama's opinion over the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, concerning Net Neutrality. They intend to start their own investigation, by requiring all the correspondence, calendar appointments, and visitor logs between the FCC and The White House. In a letter sent to the FCC, Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, pointed his concerns about the independence of the agency.
"Reports indicate that the views expressed by the White House potentially had an improper influence on the development of the draft Open Internet Order circulated internally at the Commission on February 5, 2015," the letter from committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said. "Specifically, there are questions regarding the FCC's decision to promote the reclassification of broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934."
What makes Republicans suspicious is the fact that up to last week President Barack Obama and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have had totally different points of view on net neutrality — the concept of equal treatment of all online content flowing across the Internet.
Initially, Wheeler opposed re-classifying Internet providers as public utilities. In November, President Obama said that he embraces Net neutrality and supports the idea of Internet companies being treated as if they were utilities. Last week Wheeler announced the FCC would take regulatory action that is essentially identical to Obama's stated preference.
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