The US House of Representatives has told the Federal Communications Commission to back off from a plan to impose “net neutrality’’ rules that would prevent service providers from deliberately slowing or blocking Internet traffic.
The Republican-controlled House voted 240 to 179 to block enforcement of an FCC net neutrality order issued in December, but the resolution faces uncertain prospects in the Senate, and President Obama has vowed to veto it.
The vote came on the eve of a possible shutdown of the federal government.
Some Internet activists and businesses say that net neutrality regulations are needed to prevent Internet service providers like Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., or Comcast Corp. from blocking or slowing down Internet traffic generated by competing firms, or sup pressing politically controversial content. But critics of net neutrality rules argue that free-market competition would prevent such abuses, and that imposing federal regulation on the Internet is a bad idea.