U.S. Senate Republican leader calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival'

The Internet Only Needs Saving From Terrible Legislation

Colorado's new Senate Bill 78 would not only block ISPs from engaging in all the usual anti-competitive shenanigans (blocking or otherwise throttling a competing service), but it would also force ISPs to pay back state taxpayer-backed grants if they engage in said behaviors.

The Republican-led FCC dismantled the rules in 2017, arguing that the net neutrality regulation was heavy-handed and discouraged investment.

The Save the Internet Act is expected to easily make its way out of the Democrat-controlled House, but the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Even if proponents do manage to convince Senators to support it, the White House has threatened to veto the bill. This Democrat-sponsored legislation would nullify the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule on "Restoring Internet Freedom", 83 Fed.

"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.

"Now supporters of Net Neutrality have to get it through the Senate". For many Republican senators, net neutrality simply isn't a priority for the majority this congressional session, particularly for Sen.

Republicans called a bid to restore internet protections akin to a "government takeover of the internet" and said it would open the door to the FCC eventually setting internet rates or imposing new taxes on internet service similar to levies on cable or telephone service.

Gigi Sohn, a former senior aide to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who ran the agency when the net neutrality rules were adopted, said the rules ensure "internet users, not broadband providers, decide winners and losers on the Internet".

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday debated a Democratic plan to reinstate the Obama-era rules and overturn a December 2017 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to reverse the rules and hand sweeping authority to internet providers to recast how Americans access information.

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