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House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

12 April 2019

Net neutrality backers argue that clear rules are needed to prevent dominant internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blocking or throttling services or websites for competitive reasons.

Win McNamee/Getty Images Net neutrality advocates actually have something to be happy about today - a federal appeals court heard arguments earlier today against the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal.

Republicans tried to amend the Save the Internet bill and offered a compromise bill in the House, but both failed. In its place, Pai and the GOP-led FCC only required Internet providers to be transparent about the ways they manage their networks, while shifting oversight to another federal agency. As the legislation now moves to the Senate for final approval, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed that it is "dead on arrival in the Senate", a stance that aligns with that of the Trump administration. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the bill the month before.

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On a cold winter day in mid-December of 2017, the FCC voted to kill Net Neutrality.

"Chairman Ajit Pai, when he repealed the open internet order, basically just abdicated the FCC's authority to regulate the ISPs".

Wednesday's vote marked the latest swing of the pendulum in a lengthy battle in Washington over what sites and services consumers can access when they go online, and which startups and industries might flourish as a result. The Trump administration said the bill would "return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration".

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If the bill passed the Senate, the White House signaled this week President Donald Trump would likely veto it. As such, it could prove an important issue in the 2020 election.

Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat, said Wednesday that after repealing net neutrality protections the FCC had replaced them with "nothing, nada, zip, crickets". "We're still on the side of net neutrality, they're still not, and they believe they won at the FCC". Some agreed not to enforce the laws pending the outcome of the Mozilla case.

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House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules