House votes to restore net neutrality rules

Andrew Cummings
April 12, 2019

Even if the Save the Net Act passes the Senate, there's the very likely reality that President Trump will veto it.

After the FCC repealed net neutrality laws back in 2017, The Daily Caller released a video on YouTube, where Ajit Pai argued that removing the laws would "restore internet freedom" and wouldn't prevent users from continuing to practice their daily activities online.

That's a Washington way of saying it would reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality regulations the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal in December 2017. Progressives have argued that without the rules, Internet gatekeepers could charge customers for faster speeds and block content from competitors for a price. According to Mike Doyle (D-PA), the bill's main sponsor, it also reaffirms the FCC's power and authority.

"It would be nice to have a bipartisan compromise that makes it clear the internet needs to be open, free from blocking, but also open to innovation and letting small businesses come in as they've done in the past and have an opportunity to become successful".

The latest legislative effort comes amid a legal showdown over the repeal.

"Net Neutrality is now one step closer to being reinstated as the law of the land", Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, said in a statement Wednesday. The Trump administration said the bill would "return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that the bill is "dead on arrival" in this Senate because the chamber will not take it up. As such, it could prove an important issue in the 2020 election. Since then, net neutrality has turned into a political football with Democrats in favor of overturning the FCC's decision, and Republicans looking to keep the status quo. "We're still on the side of net neutrality, they're still not, and they believe they won at the FCC". Unfortunately for net neutrality advocates, the proposed legislation now faces significant roadblocks.

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