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David McCabe Mar 8, 2017
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Lawmakers kick off fight over FCC privacy rules

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (Gage Skidmore / Flickr CC)

The Congressional battle over the FCC's privacy rules for internet providers is officially underway. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake introduced a resolution on Tuesday to repeal the rules. And Rep. Marsha Blackburn is planning to follow suit in the House late Wednesday afternoon, which was first reported by Politico.

Who should care: Internet providers, first and foremost, who rail against the rules because they say it puts them at a disadvantage with web services — like Facebook or Google — that have to comply with less-strict standards. But some argue that the rules actually could be bad news for those web services as well because they would set a broader precedent for regulations in this area.