House of Representatives passes bill to restore net neutrality

House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

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

The Writers Guild of America, West issued a statement saying it "applauds the House of Representatives for passing the Save the Internet Act and putting us back on the path to restoring net neutrality".

If the bill passed the Senate, the White House signaled this week President Donald Trump would likely veto it. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told Reuters Tuesday that the House bill, which passed 232 - 190, is "dead on arrival".

The bill has pretty much no chance whatsoever of becoming law.

The net-neutrality saga continued as tech companies and almost two dozen USA states sued to undo the 2017 repeal and restore the 2015 measure. Oral arguments in the case, Mozilla versus the FCC, were heard in February.

The net neutrality regulations were introduced under the Obama administration and later struck down by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission in 2017. Only four pages long, the bill reverses the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal from 2017 and turns net neutrality rules into law. A law adopted in California - seen by some advocates as tougher than even the rules implemented federally in 2015 - quickly drew a legal challenge from the Justice Department in a case that's still pending.

Only one Republican joined with Democrats on the measure: Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla.

In the absence of an explicit ban on these actions, providers are required to publicly disclose any instance of blocking, throttling or paid prioritization. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane. "A free and open internet is a critical part of enabling free speech and allowing our digital economy to thrive".

The bill, called the "Save the Internet Act", aims to reinstate net neutrality rules as they were implemented under the previous administration, when Tom Wheeler sat as the FCC's chairman.

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