Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

White House aides to recommend Trump veto net neutrality measure - document

White House aides to recommend Trump veto net neutrality measure - document

The FCC under Trump in December 2017 reversed rules barring internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritisation.

Last year, under Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC returned to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for almost two decades by promoting internet freedom and encouraging network investment.

Net neutrality is the notion that internet service providers should not favor certain types of internet content by speeding it up or slowing other content down. The OMB said the legislation "would instead return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration and undo the FCC's action that restored the Federal Trade Commission's authority to investigate and take enforcement action against unfair, deceptive, or anti-competitive acts or practices committed by broadband providers". California also has a net-neutrality law which is on hold until the appeals court decision. The bill won approval by a vote of 232-190, and nearly entirely along partisan lines, with one Republican supporting the measure.

The bill would repeal the order introduced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, bar the FCC from reinstating it or a substantially similar order and reinstate the 2015 net neutrality order.

Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat, noted polls suggest most Americans back net neutrality.

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McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, was asked by reporters about whether the Senate would consider the bill once it passes.

Pai, who expressed regret last month about how much attention the net neutrality debate has consumed, suggested restoring FCC oversight would lead to an internet "that works as quickly as your DMV, that runs as reliably as Amtrak and ultimately is as popular as your post office".

The House voted today to approve H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, which would roll back network neutrality rules to their 2015 level.

Regardless of what happens in the Senate, however, the Trump administration sent out a clear veto threat Monday.

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