GOP Vows to Fight New 'Net Neutrality' Rules

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The Federal Communications Commission recently gave itself authority to regulate Internet content when it instituted so called 'net neutrality' rules.

Now, Republicans and businesses are concerned the new rules are a step toward complete government control.

The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee is expected to vote Wednesday on whether the net neutrality laws are appropriate. The vote, however, is only a formal statement of approval or disapproval, and cannot overturn the rules by itself.

Read the FCC's net neutrality regulations here.

House Speaker John Boehner told CBN News that stopping the new FCC regulations is a top priority for him.

"The idea that the federal government is going to police the Internet is a solution looking for a problem," he said. "No one has ever been able to outline for me what the problem is that they want to create some solution for."

The FCC claims the rules, enacted in December, are to "preserve the Internet as an open platform for innovation, investment, job creation, economic growth, competition, and free expression."

The regulations ban "unreasonable discrimination" and prohibit blocking of lawful content, websites, applications, and devices.

"Last winter, some in the Congress wanted to give the Internet to the government temporarily to control it," Boehner added. "This is not a good idea. I do expect the Congress very soon will speak very loudly on this issue."

Religious broadcasters are also concerned the FCC could restrict their ability to proclaim the gospel online.

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