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As FCC moves forward on net neutrality, McCain tries to pull reins

Here's my ink-on-paper story about the net neutrality proposal passing the FCC yesterday.

Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced a bill, called the Internet Freedom Act, that would keep the FCC from enacting such rules.

Check out the Reuters story and Engadget's take.

Though as reported in a previous interview with Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), he and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) say they are commited to ensuring other lawmakers don't stand in the way. They reiterated Thursday that they would introduce legislation to help ease the process for the FCC to get those rules passed.

"Now that the FCC is taking action to ensure open access to the Internet, the two senators say they will continue to monitor the rulemaking process, and are open to introducing legislation to ensure network neutrality safeguards, if necessary," the lawmakers' offices wrote in a statement.

“Americans from Bismarck to Bangor want to know that they will have open access to the Internet,” Dorgan and Snowe said in the statement. “To keep the Internet open and accessible, we intend to follow the FCC’s rulemaking process very closely.”

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 23, 2009; 8:43 AM ET
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This old geezer is out of touch. How can he protect an oligopoly...oh I forgot he's a Republican. I hope he's out of office in the next election.

Posted by: leetn | October 23, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The government needs to keep their nose out of it.

Posted by: annlawler26 | October 24, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

When is the last time such a sophisticated technical issue became a partisan political battleground? McCain's move is the final proof the the process is irreversible.

Posted by: robtpoe | October 26, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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