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House of Representatives passes Save The Net Act to restore Net Neutrality

House of Representatives passes Save The Net Act to restore Net Neutrality”

"It's time for the full House to vote to keep the internet open and free, and I will work to make that happen soon".

Walters promised that the ACU would "double weigh" votes made by House congressmen on the "Save the Internet" Act in next year's "Ratings of Congress" report.

Net neutrality is back in the spotlight.

That's a Washington way of saying it would reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality regulations the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal in December 2017.

Republicans tried to amend the Save the Internet bill and offered a compromise bill in the House, but both failed. Progressives have argued that without the rules, Internet gatekeepers could charge customers for faster speeds and block content from competitors for a price.

"Chairman Ajit Pai, when he repealed the open internet order, basically just abdicated the FCC's authority to regulate the ISPs". Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the bill the month before. "To prevent a Senate vote on this bill would be wrong, politically short-sighted and an underestimation of the internet's readiness to mobilize and fight for Net Neutrality". They were highly partisan in Washington and came after a decade of telecom-industry resistance.

The latest legislative effort comes amid a legal showdown over the repeal.

Regardless of what happens in the Senate, however, the Trump administration sent out a clear veto threat Monday. As such, it could prove an important issue in the 2020 election.

But the bill faces long odds in the GOP-controlled Senate, after Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told reporters Tuesday that the measure is "dead on arrival". Even some Democrats acknowledged that the prospects of restoring net neutrality rules in the current political climate remains unlikely. 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.

Whatever the outcome, the losing parties may petition the Supreme Court to hear the case.



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