April 8, 2011: U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure to nullify FCC net neutrality rules that were adopted last year. The net neutrality rules, adopted in December 2010, prevent carriers, such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, from discriminating against competitors by impeding the transport of content over their broadband networks.
Those backing the legislation stated the FCC lacks the authority to impose the net neutrality rules and that the government should stay out of regulating the Internet. Some believe the net rules would stifle innovation, investment and jobs in the private sector.
In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled the FCC did not have the authority to regulate Internet traffic under existing law. The ruling prompted the FCC to try again, finding a different rationale for its authority to regulate Internet traffic management to ensure that content receive equal treatment by carriers.