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Opponents Blast Google’s Hire

“It’ll be the biggest issue for network providers going forward,” one Democratic telecom lobbyist said. “It’s No. 1, 2, 3, on the priority list.”

Republicans have been protesting newly installed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s call to require Internet providers to deliver online content without discrimination. The proposed rules would prevent carriers from blocking content and technologies on their networks.

The net neutrality rules are part of a national broadband plan that is due to Congress in February.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) sent a letter to the White House and the FCC this week, arguing against the FCC’s move. Senate Republicans are working on a similar letter, according to a telecom lobbyist.

Google supporters discounted Wellings’ move as being a “game-changer” in the debate since Google and Dorgan are “on the same page,” according to one lobbyist.

Similarly, Maura Corbett, a partner at Qorvis Communications and a friend of Wellings, said, “This looks to me like opponents of net neutrality trying to have it both ways.”

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