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Hill push to overturn net neutrality to face uphill battle

House lawmakers will examine the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules again next week, as Republican leaders seek to overturn the rules or pull funding from the agency.

But what are the chances of Congress wiping out the controversial Internet access rules that prohibit blocking and slowing of Web traffic? Pretty low, experts say.

On March 9, the House subcommittee for communications and technology will examine the FCC’s net neutrality rules for the second time. This time, the committee will look at an effort to overturn the rules.

The two bills at play -- one that would overturn rules and the other that would withhold appropriations for the agency -- would have to pass a House and Senate vote. Then President Obama would have to sign on to the legislation.

Obama has expressed his support for the net neutrality rules. And a bill overturning rules in the Democratic-led Senate would face more skepticism, analysts said.

Separately, Verizon Communications and Metro PCS have fought the rules in court. Even as companies including Level 3 and consumer groups have claimed violations of net neutrality by Internet service providers.

That means there won’t likely be an immediate impact on the new rules any time soon.

“Companies and customers will have become even more accustomed to living in a world with a basic set of net neutrality rules,” wrote Rebecca Arbogast and David Kaut, analsyts at Stifel Nicolaus in a research note.

Cecilia Kang is a senior technology correspondent for The Washington Post.


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