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“If Congress wants to truly unlock the economic and job-creating potential of the Internet by fully tapping into the innovation potential of our country, it should do so by fixing the FCC’s rules in this regard, rather than repealing them,” she said.

Republicans, who see the FCC action as a federal power grab, have argued that the unregulated Internet has flourished without government oversight and further contend the FCC and Mr. Genachowski are usurping congressional authority with the new “rules ofl the road.”

The hearing was the latest confrontation between Democrats and the new Republican House majority that is aggressively challenging policies and regulations approved during the first two years of the Obama administration.

The regulations were approved Dec. 21 over the objections on the two Republican members of the five-member FCC board, and are expected to go into effect this summer.