House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

House of Representatives passes bill to restore net neutrality

House of Representatives passes bill to restore net neutrality

Advocates warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell against following through on his earlier statement that the bill would be "dead on arrival in the Senate if it passed the House".

The public consensus was illustrated by the five million viewers who Fight for the Future said had already tuned into the group's marathon livestream, where public interest groups along with celebrities including Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine were among those making cameos, urging Americans to call their representatives and tell them to vote "yes" on H.R. 1644.

Net neutrality backers argue that clear rules are needed to prevent dominant internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blocking or throttling services or websites for competitive reasons. "The Internet is free and open, while faster broadband is being deployed across America".

Months after Trump took office, though, the Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era net neutrality rules.

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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.

Critics of net neutrality counter that the rules could stifle investment and innovation, and claim the internet is not designed for utility-style regulation from the 1930s. Republicans hold a 53-45 advantage in the Senate, with the two remaining seats occupied by Independents. That means bill supporters would need at least four GOP senators to vote yes on the Save the Internet Act in order for it to land at Trump's desk. The Trump administration said the bill would "return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration".

Chairman Ajit Pai released a statement Wednesday criticizing the "so-called "Save the Internet" Act". If not there, it would still face a likely veto by President Trump.

The "Save the Internet" Act will go to the Senate for consideration. Wicker also said that he's open to bringing a bipartisan net neutrality bill possibly later this year. They were highly partisan in Washington and came after a decade of telecom-industry resistance.

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