House Committee Asks Tech Industry CEOs to Testify on Net Neutrality Rules

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has called on CEOs of several technology companies to attend a Sept. 7 hearing to testify about net neutrality rules, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The scheduled hearing comes amid the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to reverse the rules established in 2015 under the Obama administration.

Companies whose CEOs have been asked to testify include AT&T, Google’s parent company Alphabet, Facebook, Verizon, Netflix, Comcast and Charter Communications.

“A strong consensus is forming across party lines and across industries that it’s time for Congress to call a halt on the back-and-forth and set clear net neutrality ground rules for the internet,” Walden said.

The Internet Association also urged FCC to retain net neutrality rules through a document filed July 17 in response to the agency’s proposed rule-making notice.