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Motherboard: Meet Marsha Blackburn, Big Telecom's Best Friend in Congress

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:04 -- Eva Prkachin

This Tennessee Congresswoman has some scary ideas on the future of the Internet and telecommunications. If she has you concerned, you better speak up at

Article by Ben Makuch for Motherboard

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Tennessee Republican, has built a reputation as one of the most conservative members of Congress, especially on tech policy. A strong free market advocate, Blackburn vehemently opposes net neutrality, which she calls "socialistic," and has been a strong critic of what she views as activist Federal Communications Commission policy.

Blackburn has also been a major recipient of financial support from the nation's largest telecom and cable companies.

So it came as no surprise when Blackburn introduced an amendment to a key appropriations bill that would prevent the FCC from preempting state laws that block or impede the ability of cities and municipalities to create new local broadband networks. On Wednesday, the amendment passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 233-200.

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