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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (OUR HERO)Files Internet Freedom Act

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is keeping the promise she made last month. Today, she filed a bill to strike down the Federal Communications Commission’s recent move to enact net neutrality regulations. The Internet Freedom Act states Internet regulation is the sole prerogative of Congress, and is supported by more than 60 House members, including the majority of Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“I agree that the Internet faces a number of challenges,” Rep. Blackburn said in a statement. “Only Congress can address those challenges without compounding them. Until we do, the FCC and other federal bureaucracies should keep their hands off the ‘net.”

Action on the bill is expected soon, Blackburn’s spokesman said — but the act is only an intermediate step in the longer process of repealing the actual regulations

Blackburn Objects To FCC Powergrab

Blackburn Objects To FCC Powergrab
Yet Another Attempt To Go Around Congress

Washington, May 7 – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7)
today slammed FCC Chairman Genachowski’s latest attempt to impose “net neutrality” without the consent of Congress. After the Federal Appeals Court ruled that the FCC lacked the authority to impose “net neutrality” unilaterally, Chairman Genachowski this week audaciously announced that he would pursue internet regulation through Title II reclassification. This means that the Internet will now be regulated as a common carrier like telephones.

Blackburn, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee with jurisdiction over the FCC, objects to “net neutrality” because it will increase the cost of internet service, weaken intellectual property protections, and is a disincentive to innovation and expansion of internet infrastructure.

Most importantly, under proposed “net neutrality” regulations the federal government would decide what moves first, second, third, or not at all through the internet; putting the federal government in the troubling position of assigning value to content.

“Chairman Genachowski’s announcement amounts to nothing more than another bureaucratic powergrab. It will have serious consequences and will no doubt stifle investment and innovation by Internet Service Providers who collectively invest $60 billion annually in building out the networks we all rely so heavily on. No justification has been given for reclassifying Broadband under Title II, other than the Obama Administration’s political need to follow through on a campaign pledge to impose “net neutrality” regulations. Congress is being circumvented once again in favor of big government regulation by unaccountable big government bureaucrats.”

Blackburn is sponsor of H.R. 3924, a bill that would prohibit the FCC from imposing “net neutrality” without express permission from Congress.

Marsha Blackburn


Marsha Wedgeworth Blackburn (born June 6, 1952) is a Tennessee politician. As member of the Republican Party, she has represented Tennessee’s 7th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2003. Her district stretches from the suburbs of Nashville to the suburbs of Memphis.
Blackburn was unopposed for reelection in 2004, which is somewhat unusual for a freshman member of Congress, even from a district as heavily Republican as the 7th. Washingtonian’s September 2004 Best and Worst of Congress, obtained from a survey of Congressional aides, identified Blackburn as one of the three best freshman members.
Blackburn is a fiscal and social conservative, which is not surprising given the nature of her district. She was defeated in November 2007 for the position of Republican Conference chairman. Some had speculated she would run for Bill Frist’s U.S. Senate seat in 2006; however, she chose to run for a third House term. Unlike most female Representatives, she prefers to be called “Congressman Blackburn.” She has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2010.
Blackburn is a vocal opponent of President Obama’s Health Care Reform Legislation, which she characterizes as “a government run, government ensured, government financed, government delivered healthcare system”. When pressed by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on opponents of Health Care Reform’s claim that the legislation includes “death panels” for the elderly Blackburn equivocated and would not reject this assertion.
National Journal described Blackburn as a “freshman to watch” and a “top House conservative” in 2003 and 2004.
• Americans for Tax Reform called Blackburn a “taxpayer hero” in 2003.
• The Family Research Council gave Blackburn the “true blue” award for the first half of the 108th Congress.
• National Right to Life praised Blackburn for supporting the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act.
On May 31, 2006, Rep. Blackburn was named the “hottest woman in U.S. politics” in an online poll sponsored by Politics1.com.[15]
Blackburn served as an assistant whip in the 108th and 109th Congress, and served as a deputy whip for the 110th and 111th Congress] During the 110th Congress she was the Communications Chairman for the Republican Study Committee. She is also serving as a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee for third consecutive term.
In 2008 Blackburn coasted to victory in her GOP primary race by gaining 62 percent of the vote, despite an opposition from Shelby County register of deeds, and former fellow state senator, moderate Republican Tom Leatherwood.
Blackburn scored 100% on American Conservative Union’s 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 Ratings of Congress. According to the 2009 annual vote studies by Congressional Quarterly, Blackburn is one of the most partisan Republican members of the House nationally. According to National Journal’s 2009 Vote Ratings, she was ranked as the 7th conservative in the House nationally.

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