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Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 04/08/2011

House approves measure to overturn FCC net neutrality rules

The House on Friday approved a bill to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s Internet access rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or slowing sites on their networks.

In a 240 to 179 vote, lawmakers voted in favor of a resolution of disapproval that aims to overturn the so-called net neutrality rules..

In order for the FCC rules to be official overturned, the Senate would have to pass a similar measure and the legislation would have to be approved by President Obama. The White House, through the Office of Management and Budget, said it would veto such legislation.

Nevertheless, the House action highlights a push by major carriers and mostly Republican lawmakers to overturn the rules they say hinder ISPs from business practices. Public interest groups say ISPs have the incentive to give preference to partners and their own services and make it difficult for start-ups to succeed.

Netflix earlier this week sent a letter to lawmakers asking them to vote against the resolution and retain FCC rules.

“The House vote preserves the Internet and protects jobs and the economy by preventing an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy from overstepping its authority,” House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a statement. “I strongly urge the Senate to follow the House’s action and end the marketplace uncertainty created by the FCC’s power-grab.”

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Court dismisses Verizon lawsuit to overturn FCC net neutrality rules

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