Three key congressional Republicans on Friday called on the head of the
In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the lawmakers said the strong interest in new rules for Internet traffic meant members of
The FCC said it received more than 3.9 million comments from companies, advocacy groups and average Americans last year on Wheeler's initial proposal for regulations to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against traffic flowing through their networks.
Wheeler has indicated he plans to propose utilitylike like regulation of broadband companies to prevent them from blocking or slowing websites and prohibit offering to deliver some firms' content faster if they pay a premium.
Most Republicans oppose the approach, arguing that heavy-handed government oversight could squelch investment in expanded broadband networks.
Wheeler said he planned to circulate his proposal among his fellow commissioners on Feb. 5, three weeks before they would vote on it.
FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart said the agency had received the letter and was reviewing it.
The three congressmen, who chair committees or subcommittees that oversee the FCC, said net neutrality is too important an issue to follow that precedent.
"Releasing the text allows the public to, at the very least, have an informed opinion and ideally the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal," they wrote.
Noting the outpouring of public comments on net neutrality, the lawmakers told Wheeler he should provide more transparency.
"If there ever was an instance where such action would be appropriate, this should qualify," they wrote.