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A top committee in the House has asked chief executives from the biggest internet companies to testify about net neutrality in September. "It's time they came before us and directly shared their positions and answered our questions," said Greg Walden, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee. Republicans have been pushing to settle the net neutrality issue with legislation.

  • The execs: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and execs from major internet providers like Comcast and AT&T.
  • Why it matters: Tensions are running hot between large tech companies and some Republicans. Top GOP aides, for example, recently told Facebook, Amazon and Google that aggressive net neutrality advocacy could threaten their other policy priorities. A hearing involving major executives would undoubtedly air some of those conflicts out publicly and gives lawmakers an opportunity to press executives on other concerns.
  • Reminder: An invite doesn't guarantee an executive will show up.

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