Republican contingent responds to FCC Internet regulations

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) was among a group of lawmakers who responded on Thursday to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to regulate the Internet, a proposal that has come under much scrutiny.

Upton was joined by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-SD), House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and other leading Republican lawmakers  in mocking details of the plan, which were released by the FCC this week.

“The world finally gets to read and understand just what the White House, acting by proxy via a partisan FCC vote, has done to impose the federal government’s heavy hand to regulate the Internet as a utility,” the lawmakers said. “We look forward to working our way through the 300+ pages of this Washington manifesto.”

The group of lawmakers proposed a much more concise legislative plan that they believe would provide all the security needed to keep the Internet safe while not bogging it down with regulations they suggest are from the “Depression Era.”

“Our six-page draft legislation could prevent abuses and promote robust Internet investment,” the lawmakers said. “All without the overreach included in the FCC’s order.”

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to review the plan. The entire panel of FCC commissioners are scheduled to attend the hearing and testify.