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H.R. 96 (112th): Internet Freedom Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 5, 2011 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 96


January 5, 2011

(for herself, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Terry, Mrs. Bono Mack, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Burgess, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Conaway, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Latta, Mr. Stearns, Mr. Barton of Texas, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Walden, Mr. Rogers of Michigan, Mr. Hall, Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Gingrey of Georgia, Mr. Scalise, Mr. Olson, Mr. Bilbray, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Lamborn, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Graves of Georgia, Mr. Royce, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Neugebauer, Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. Fleming, Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Reed, Mr. Stutzman, Mr. Pence, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Harper, Mr. Boren, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Culberson, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Gary G. Miller of California, Mr. Bass of New Hampshire, and Mr. Kinzinger of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from further regulating the Internet.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Internet Freedom Act.


Limitation on authority of the FCC


In general

The Federal Communications Commission shall not propose, promulgate, or issue any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services.



The limitation set forth in this section shall not apply to any regulations that the Commission determines necessary—


to prevent damage to the national security of the United States;


to ensure the public safety; or


to assist or facilitate any actions taken by a Federal or State law enforcement agency.


Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede, repeal, or negate any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services that were in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act, including any regulations established pursuant to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (47 U.S.C. 1001 note).


General principles

Congress finds that—


the Internet and all IP-enabled services are services affecting interstate commerce; and


such services are not subject to the jurisdiction of any State or municipal locality.

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