A few days ago, Republicans, in a symbolic Congressional vote, nullified the order of net neutrality issued by the FCC. A resolution for disapproval has been voted 241-178 and the House claimed that rules banning application blocking and some cases of unfair network management should be deprived of force or “effect”. Rob Woodall, Georgia Congressman, said that although the FCC needed permission to issue rules for the Internet, the House needed to reject any rules coming form the FCC.
The resolution was opposed by Democrats who argued that such a decision would threaten both innovative technologies in the United States and real jobs. By proposing the order, the FC had argued that a chance was needed for young Internet-only companies to be able to provide new voice and video services without being menaced by carriers that use blocks and throttling in order to discourage competition.
The measure still needs Senate approval, but the Republican gesture supporting large corporations is mostly symbolic and has no chance since the Obama administration had declared it would veto this resolution if it passed.
In judging whether the resolution has any weight or not, a few elements are to be considered. The FCC has cited unambiguous Congressional statements that gave it responsibility concerning certain aspects of the Internet, but Republicans have mentioned that several quoted clauses were not forms of authorization.
Regulations issued by the FCC are usually light and deliberately skirt around common carrier rules that are meant to regulate landline phones, which would require fair treatment and potential price regulation.