ISSA ADVOCATES HALTING NEW INTERNET REGULATIONS

Rep. Darrell Issa took questions — and a healthy dose of criticism — from users of the social networking site Reddit Wednesday regarding his proposed bill to halt any new Internet regulations for two years.

Issa’s proposed Internet American Moratorium Actwould prohibit any new Internet regulations during the 113th Congress, which was elected earlier this month and will take office in January. He described the moratorium as a “cooling off period,” during which the Internet could “continue to grow and thrive under the current rules.”

Some of the nearly 3,000 “Redditor” comments on Issa’s “ask me anything,” or AMA, post Tuesday and Wednesday supported this hands off approach.

Others accused Issa of using a “backdoor approach” to oppose net neutrality — and as a result favoring the Internet’s current big players. Still others attacked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman for his co-sponsorship of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would give government investigators greater access to private networks.

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