White House defending 'network neutrality' rules

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Posted: Apr 04, 2011 7:26 PM
White House defending 'network neutrality' rules

The White House is threatening a veto against a House Republican bill that would overturn new federal rules aimed at ensuring equitable access to the Internet. The House is slated to vote on Thursday on legislation to repeal "network neutrality" regulations issued by the Federal Communications Commission in December.

The rules bar Internet providers, phone and cable companies from favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services, and require that broadband providers offer access to all legal content and applications.

Republicans say the rules amount to government interference and will discourage providers from upgrading their broadband services.

The White House said the GOP bill would undermine a fundamental part of the national strategy to keep the Internet free and open.