House Passes "Save The Internet" Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Mae Love
April 12, 2019

This is big. The American people are not done fighting for an open internet & I'm proud to stand with them in that fight.

Phillip Berenbroick of the consumer group Public Knowledge said the House vote "reflects the overwhelming public consensus that strong net neutrality consumer protections are vital for the internet ecosystem and the digital economy".

If it passes both the House and Senate, the bill will restore the net neutrality rules put in place by way of the Obama-era FCC's Open Internet Order in 2015 that required internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.

They were upheld by a federal appeals court, but the Federal Communications Commission scrapped the rules after the Trump administration installed a Republican majority there. According to Mike Doyle (D-PA), the bill's main sponsor, it also reaffirms the FCC's power and authority.

When it rolled back the regulations, the FCC included a provision barring states from issuing their own net neutrality rules.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai derided the "so-called Save the Internet Act" in a statement.

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.

Even if it passes the Senate, it sounds like Trump will oppose the bill.

In short, it's an important issue, and one that is not going to go away. But top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that net neutrality is "dead on arrival in the Senate". The effort to repeal it stemmed from the drive to curb the ability of internet providers to erect gates around content. Proponents of net neutrality say it prevents private companies from dictating the flow of information on the internet. Dozens of state attorneys general, tech companies including Mozilla and a host of consumer advocates sued the FCC past year, arguing the agency had acted improperly in rolling back the Obama-era rules. Some agreed not to enforce the laws pending the outcome of the Mozilla case.

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