House of Representatives passes bill to restore net neutrality

House of Representatives passes bill to restore net neutrality

The Democrats' bill restores the FCC's rules, passed in 2015, that prohibit internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or from offering "fast lanes" of service.

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.

Republicans are taking notice of the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passing an Obama-era government-controlled internet bill to restore 2015 net neutrality rules, reversing a 2017 rollback of the rules by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the Trump administration.

"Today's vote is a tremendous victory for the millions of people across the country who've been calling, writing, tweeting and visiting their members of Congress to urge them to fight for a free and open internet", Free Press president Craig Aaron said in a statement. The bill, the Save the Internet Act, draw support nearly exclusively from Democrats.

The concept of net neutrality has become a partisan issue, which makes the fate of net neutrality rules dependent on whether Democrats or Republicans hold majority control.


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.

Chairman Ajit Pai released a statement Wednesday criticizing the "so-called "Save the Internet" Act". Join our Cord Cutting Tech Support Facebook Group for help.

"I do not get the sense the fundamental dynamics have changed", Sen. "They may differ on how and what it should cover, but they still think we should do it". A federal court heard oral arguments in the case in February.

"'Net neutrality' is about trying to solve imaginary problems", Rep. A decision is expected this summer. We also wrote about what you need to know about net neutrality in 2019.

Essentially, they're saying that federal regulations can't pre-empt state rules in a case where there are no federal regulations.

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