House to Vote on Net Neutrality Bill on Tuesday

House to Vote on Net Neutrality Bill on Tuesday

But the bill, which Donald Trump's advisers said they would recommend the president veto if passed in the House and Senate, is said to be "dead on arrival" in the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a billto restore net neutrality protections that were repealed by President Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission in a controversial move more than a year ago.

The reversal of net neutrality rules was a win for internet providers such as Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, but was opposed by companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc.

The full vote comes after weeks of debate among Democrats and Republicans about the substance of the bill during numerous hearings and markups. For many Republican senators, net neutrality simply isn't a priority for the majority this congressional session, particularly for Sen.

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

"Last year, the FCC returned to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for almost two decades by promoting the internet freedom and encouraging network investment", the White House's statement read. The GOP has offered its own net neutrality legislation, but advocates say it falls short in protecting the internet.

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. 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. These were largely abandoned by the new FCC chairman Ajit Pai in 2017, and from June 2018, internet services are no longer considered a telecom service regulated by the FCC.

State Senate Bill 78 would also require broadband providers that violate the Obama-era rules to pay back state funds. "The Federal Trade Commission has authority to enforce the open internet practices of internet service providers, and has demonstrated its willingness to do so".

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