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US Lawmakers Resist FCC’s Attempt To Dismantle Net Neutrality, Congressional Hearing Scheduled

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For months now, the American people felt like they were fighting the battle to preserve Net Neutrality against the machinations of those who would destroy it on their own. In this instance, the head of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai is the perpetrator. Fortunately, it seems that there are still some US lawmakers who are willing to hear the cries of the people they serve and to fight back against the FCC’s plan to dismantle Net Neutrality.

The lawmakers in question are members of a group composed of 10 representatives, which include Frank Pallone, Jr. and Mike Doyle. Both representatives are ranking members who belong to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and in the document that they filed, they expressed concerns with regards to what the FCC was trying to achieve.

“We, as members of Congress who also sit on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, submit these comments out of deep concern that the FCC’s proposal to undo its net neutrality rules fundamentally and profoundly runs counter to the law. As participants either in the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 or in decisions on whether to update the Act, we write to provide our unique insight into the meaning and intent of the law,” the document reads.

A congressional hearing that will discuss the matter of Net Neutrality was also called for by Representative Greg Walden, The Hill reports. Scheduled for September 7th, the hearing will include the attendance of representatives from major tech firms like Google and Facebook.

The forum is intended to shed some light into what is becoming a dangerous state of affairs, where the mobile carriers and tech giants, along with both sides of the political spectrum are fighting over how Net Neutrality should be addressed. Unfortunately, instead of bringing clarity to the problem, experts expect that the hearing will only serve to muddy the waters even more.

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