Issa Turns Up Pressure; Did White House Write Net Neutrality Laws?

Chris Moody, The Daily Caller

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa is increasing pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to reveal just how involved the White House was in drafting new rules for government regulation of internet service providers, an effort Issa himself began more than a year ago.

In what is now the third letter sent to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Issa, California Republican, demanded Thursday that the agency turn over information regarding communication between the agency and the Obama administration, including notes on meetings and emails concerning proposed “net neutrality” rules unveiled last year. Issa wants to know if the FCC — an independent agency — colluded with the White House to draft the new rules on internet distribution.

Issa cited the number of times FCC officials met with White House advisers just days before major policy proposals were made public last year. From January 2009 to November 2010, Genachowski visited the White House 81 times, and FCC Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus visited about 60 times, according to the letter.

The committee is requesting records of all communications between FCC officials and White House staff, with a list of the topics discussed during each meeting and all emails between the FCC and the White House related to net neutrality, including letters from consultants working on the issue.

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