"Blue Bell" Democrats Ask FCC to Tone It Down on Net Neutrality

In the long fight over open Internet, or net neutrality, rules on Internet providers, we’re still essentially in pre-game.

You’d never know it from the flurry of lobbying across the country last week.

On Friday, it was House Democrats’ turn, when 72 members sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, asking him to soften a net-neutrality proposal the agency is expected to approve next week.

The lawmakers urged the FCC to “carefully consider the full range of potential consequences that government action may have on network investment,” while crafting the proposed rules. Phone and cable companies have been making similar points to the FCC, arguing the agency should avoid rules that will hobble their ability to manage their networks and stifle investment.

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