GOP House Chairmen Blast FCC Chairman’s Refusal to Testify | CNS News

Obama with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Obama with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

( – The Republican chairmen of two powerful House committees blasted Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday for refusing to testify before their committees prior to the commission’s upcoming vote on net neutrality.

“We are deeply disappointed in Chairman Wheeler’s decision” not to testify,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said in a joint statement.

“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,” the congressmen said. “We continue that call today.”

The FCC is set to vote on the proposed net neutrality regulations on Thursday. However, no one outside of the commissioners and their staff are permitted to see the regulations until they are passed. Even members of Congress are barred from reading the 332-page draft.

After a Wall Street Journal piece earlier this month suggested that the FCC chairman improperly collaborated with White House officials, the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs demanded that Wheeler turn over his communications with the White House.

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