“Congressional Republicans are accusing the White House of having ‘an improper influence’ over the Federal Communications Commission’s decision on net neutrality, and are launching an investigation,” Jon Brodkin reports for Ars Technica.

“The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wrote to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today demanding documentation of all communication between FCC personnel and the White House, as well as calendar appointments, visitor logs, and meeting minutes related to meetings with the White House, and all internal documents discussing the views and recommendations of the White House,” Brodkin reports. “‘Reports indicate that the views expressed by the White House potentially had an improper influence on the development of the draft Open Internet Order circulated internally at the Commission on February 5, 2015,’ the letter from committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said. ‘Specifically, there are questions regarding the FCC’s decision to promote the reclassification of broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.'”

“Obama in November called upon the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet access as a common carrier service, and to impose net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers from interfering with Web traffic. Despite making his opinion known, Obama said at the time that the FCC is an independent agency and can do as it wishes,” Brodkin reports. “This week, Wheeler issued his proposal to reclassify broadband as Obama suggested.”

Read more in the full article here.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s full letter here.

MacDailyNews Note: Comments for this article have been disabled.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

Related articles:
FCC chairman proposes to regulate ISP’s under Title II – February 4, 2015
U.S. congressional Republicans’ bill aims to head off Obama’s so-called ‘net neutrality’ plan – January 17, 2015
U.S. Congressional proposal offers Internet rules of the road – January 15, 2015
U.S. FCC says it will vote on so-called ‘net neutrality’ in February – January 3, 2015
FCC hopes its rules for so-called ‘net neutrality’ survive inevitable litigation – November 22, 2014
Obama-appointed FCC chairman distances himself from Obama on so-called ‘net neutrality’ – November 12, 2014
What does so-called ‘net neutrality’ mean for Apple? – November 12, 2014
AT&T to pause fiber investment until net neutrality rules are decided – November 12, 2014
U.S. FCC plays Russian Roulette with so-called ‘net neutrality’ – November 11, 2014
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner: Republicans will continue efforts to stop misguided scheme to regulate the Internet – November 10, 2014
Tech Freedom: Obama cynically exploits confusion over Title II, misses opportunity to lead on legislative deal – November 10, 2014
Obama want FCC to regulate the Internet; Cruz calls it ‘Obamacare for the Internet’ – November 10, 2014