New House Judiciary Subcommittee Chair Eyes Net Neutrality Action

Look for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet to be active on the net neutrality front now that it is in Democratic hands.

At least that was the signal from its new chairman, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.).

Rep. Hank Johnson

Rep. Hank Johnson

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“The internet is a ubiquitous tool in our lives, and as the Trump Administration tries to kill net neutrality, I am eager to take on the challenge of ensuring that the internet remains open to all content regardless of source," said Johnson following his election to the post. "Content must be available without discrimination and accessible to all."

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Johnson is a former judge and defense attorney handling criminal cases. He has been a member of the Judiciary Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Courts & Competition Policy when Democrats previously controlled the chamber.

It is unclear what a divided Congress can and will do about the FCC's rollback of net neutrality regs, but Johnson could join his colleagues in ramping up oversight and investigations of the Republican-majority FCC and its policies.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.