House Oversight Panel Cancels Hearing On Net Neutrality Plan After FCC's Wheeler Declines To Testify
February 25, 2015 at 8:38 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER has decided not to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at TODAY's scheduled hearing on the FCC and its Net neutrality plans, drawing the ire of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman FRED UPTON (R-MI) and Oversight Chairman JASON CHAFFETZ (R-UT).
WHEELER's decision has led the panel to cancel the meeting, scheduled for 2p (ET) TODAY. WHEELER has come under criticism for not releasing the text of his Net neutrality plan in advance of THURSDAY's vote at the FCC.
UPTON and CHAFFETZ released a statement saying, "We are deeply disappointed in Chairman WHEELER’s decision. As Chairman WHEELER pushes forward with plans to regulate the Internet, he still refuses to directly answer growing concerns about how the rules were developed, how they are structured, and how they will stand up to judicial scrutiny. After hearing from over four million Americans on such an important topic to our economic and cultural future, it's striking that when Congress seeks transparency, Chairman WHEELER opts against it. The last time a rule of this magnitude was voted on by the FCC, then-Senator OBAMA was motivated to call for transparency at the commission. We continue that call today.
"Reports as late as TUESDAY suggest that changes in the proposed rules are still possible, with just hours left on the clock before the commission votes. So long as the chairman continues to insist on secrecy, we will continue calling for more transparency and accountability at the commission. Chairman WHEELER and the FCC are not above Congress. This fight continues as the future of the Internet is at stake.”