Bob Latta

FCC chief defends net plan

FCC chief defends net plan

Democrats want strong protections on the Internet to make sure that network owners don't discriminate against anyone online. Republicans don't want any rules whatsoever that they think could stifle the online ecosystem.

So proposed net neutrality rules that take a bit of a middle course didn't fare well at a House committee hearing Tuesday as Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, faced heavy criticism from both sides for his plan.

"The Internet has flourished under the current light-touch regulatory scheme, and subjecting it to burdensome regulations is a leap in the wrong direction," Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy...

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