Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

Phillip Berenbroick of the consumer group Public Knowledge said the House vote "reflects the overwhelming public consensus that strong net neutrality consumer protections are vital for the internet ecosystem and the digital economy". 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. According to The Washington Post, Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) told reporters yesterday that the bill is "dead on arrival". This is big. The American people are not done fighting for an open internet & I'm proud to stand with them in that fight.

The lawsuit argues that the FCC's order to repeal net neutrality rules violated a law called the Administrative Procedure Act, which prohibits arbitrary and capricious rule-making.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai derided the "so-called Save the Internet Act" in a statement.

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. "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".

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The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to restore net neutrality protections repealed by President Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission in a controversial move more than a year ago. Republicans hold a 53-45 advantage in the Senate, with the two remaining seats occupied by Independents.

Regardless of what happens in the Senate, however, the Trump administration sent out a clear veto threat Monday. In a statement released on Twitter, the White House's Office of Management and Budget said the Save the Internet Act "would instead return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration".

Even with such significant roadblocks, there's still a silver lining. Wicker also said that he's open to bringing a bipartisan net neutrality bill possibly later this year.

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.

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