The Republican-led campaign against the FCC’s net neutrality rules continued on Capitol Hill this week. On Wednesday, members of the House Communications & Technology subcommittee voted 15-8 to adopt a resolution of disapproval that would nullify the net neutrality order adopted by the FCC last December if passed by both the House and Senate. Wednesday’s subcommittee vote follows the addition of an amendment to pending FY 2011 budget legislation two weeks ago by House Republicans that would bar the FCC from using federal funds to implement the net neutrality order. The subcommittee action also comes in the wake of an exchange of letters during the past week between FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and House Republican leaders who questioned him on the economic analysis used by the FCC in promulgating the net neutrality rules. Responding to the March 4 letter signed by House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Communications & Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Genachowski pointed to industry comments and market statistics, cited in the net neutrality order, that form “an integral part of the Commission’s effort to develop an open Internet policy” and “culminated in light-touch rules of the road that preserve Internet freedom and openness, increase certainty in the marketplace, and ensure that broadband providers can reasonably manage their networks.” Not satisfied with Genachowski’s explanation, Upton and Walden criticized the FCC’s order as lacking a “compelling justification” for rules that “will cause more harm than good by stifling innovation, investments and jobs.” Meanwhile, as some subcommittee Democrats and their supporters condemned the resolution as one that places control of the Internet in the hands of corporate interests, others cast doubt on how the resolution will be received by the Democrat-controlled Senate. (The resolution is expected to win passage before the House Energy & Commerce committee and on the House floor.) Declaring that the net neutrality rules “ensure that the Internet continues to be a vital tool that helps businesses compete and expand,” Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) lamented the resolution as one that “will adversely impact Internet users, small businesses and our economy as a whole.” While describing the subcommittee’s vote as “unfortunate,” Media Access Project senior vice president Andrew Jay Schwartzman nevertheless predicted that the resolution “will never be enacted into law.”