Net Neutrality Battles Heat Up in Congress, and Beyond

Irving Hamilton
April 12, 2019

"In the net neutrality aspect of it, it's who's in charge here", he said.

On April 10, 2019, the House of Representatives voted in favor of passing the Save the Net Act - an act that would restore Net Neutrality in the U.S. California also has a net-neutrality law which is on hold until the appeals court decision.

BREAKING: The House just voted to make #NetNeutrality the law of the land. 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.

Both sides in the debate say they are defending the "free and open" internet.

Originally enacted during President Barack Obama's time in office, net neutrality prevents ISPs from offering paid fast lanes and throttling traffic from and to certain websites.

Critics of net neutrality counter that the rules could stifle investment and innovation, and claim the internet is not designed for utility-style regulation from the 1930s.

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The net neutrality rules were first approved by the FCC in 2015, during the Obama administration, and were meant to keep the internet open and fair.

The Save the Internet Act basically brings those rules back.

The bill was introduced last month by Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Penn., and of its nearly 200 cosponsors, there was not a single Republican to be found. "There's no cop on that beat", Doyle told Next Pittsburgh.

If the bill passed the Senate, the White House signaled this week President Donald Trump would likely veto it. 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. Last year, Democrats were able to get around Senate leadership to force a vote on the matter, and it succeeded by a vote of 52-47 after three Republicans joined with the minority: Susan Collins, Maine, Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and John Kennedy, La.

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

Chairman Ajit Pai released a statement Wednesday criticizing the "so-called "Save the Internet" Act".

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