House approves Save the Internet Act, votes to restore net neutrality

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Colorado legislators note the effort is just one of 120 bills and resolutions in 34 states (and DC) crafted on this subject since Ajit Pai's FCC voted to kill net neutrality in late 2017.

"The Save the Internet Act ensures that consumers have control over their Internet experience, rather than Internet service providers [controlling that experience]", Rep.

Now, the Senate bill to restore net neutrality rules "must go through the normal committee process, which is controlled by Republicans", unlike last year's CRA resolution, Ars Technica reported.

Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, is expected to sign the measure.

H.R. 1644 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. "Now supporters of Net Neutrality have to get it through the Senate".

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Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat, said Wednesday that after repealing net neutrality protections the FCC had replaced them with "nothing, nada, zip, crickets". But it also reclassified internet service as a Title II common carrier, something that gave the agency a regulatory footing to exercise robust oversight over the behavior of ISPs.

If the Democrats' net neutrality bill were to pass through Congress, it's likely that President Donald Trump would veto it, according to a new statement from the White House today.

Republicans have said the bill would open the door to the FCC imposing rate regulations or adding taxes to internet service similar to levies on cable or phone bills.

A federal appeals court upheld the 2015 net neutrality rules, while another appellate panel is considering whether the 2017 FCC order is legal.

Regardless of what happens in the Senate, however, the Trump administration sent out a clear veto threat Monday. He opposed the Obama-era FCC's adoption of the net neutrality rules in 2015, and championed the repeal of most of the regulations.