House passes net neutrality bill with no hope of becoming law

Donna Miller
April 11, 2019

The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to restore net neutrality protections repealed by President Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission in a controversial move more than a year ago. These rules ban internet service providers from blocking or throttling access to the internet, and they also prevent ISPs from charging companies extra to deliver their online services faster to consumers. He opposed the Obama-era FCC's adoption of the net neutrality rules in 2015, and championed the repeal of most of the regulations.

The Republican-led FCC voted to repeal the protections in late 2017. This Democrat-sponsored legislation would nullify the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule on "Restoring Internet Freedom", 83 Fed.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy dubbed the effort the "Democrats plan to take over the internet" and suggested the FCC could impose new taxes on internet service like telephone and cable bills.

Even if proponents do manage to convince Senators to support it, the White House has threatened to veto the bill.

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Conservative groups and Republican lawmakers pushed back against the attempt to undo the net neutrality repeal, arguing it would grant the government too much control over the internet. But top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that net neutrality is "dead on arrival in the Senate". The Trump administration said the bill would "return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration".

Commenting on the House vote today, Rep. Doyle said approval "of the Save the Internet Act is a big victory for consumers and a major step towards restoring Net Neutrality and making it a permanent law ..."

The FCC in 2015 in reclassifying internet service said it had significant oversight authority, including the ability to set rates for internet service, but said it was opting not to use it.

The statement was issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget and sent to members of Congress ahead of an expected vote on the proposal this week in the House of Representatives.

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