House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

But the net neutrality measure is likely to stall from here, given strong Republican opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House, where aides to President Donald Trump this week recommended that he veto the legislation if it ever reaches his desk.

Its passage represents a victory for Democrats, technology companies and consumer advocacy groups who have loudly protested the FCC's repeal of the rules, but it may only be a symbolic victory. The Save the Internet Act passed the Democrat-controlled House 232-190, largely on party lines.

"An open internet is a critical issue, and the federal government has been clear that it is in their purview".

The bill would repeal the order introduced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, bar the FCC from reinstating it or substantially similar order and reinstate the 2015 net neutrality order. "This bill should not and will not become law".

The latest legislative effort comes amid a legal showdown over the repeal. Dozens of state attorneys general, tech companies including Mozilla and a host of consumer advocates sued the FCC previous year, arguing the agency had acted improperly in rolling back the Obama-era rules. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in February, and is still considering the matter.

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Republicans oppose the effort arguing it would grant the FCC too much authority over the internet and deter private sector investment. The Federal Communications Commission supported net neutrality under President Barack Obama but has shifted direction under President Donald Trump, formally ending net neutrality protections past year. Some agreed not to enforce the laws pending the outcome of the Mozilla case. It will then be evaluated based on whether or not the activity is anti-competitive.

The bill would restore regulations that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or from selling "fast lanes" to give certain sites preferential treatment.

The fate of net neutrality rests in the hands of representatives in the House. "A free and open internet is a critical part of enabling free speech and allowing our digital economy to thrive".

You can add Colorado to the growing list of states finalizing state-level net neutrality legislation.

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