House passes bill to restore Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules

House passes bill to restore Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules

A simple majority is required to pass (or shoot down) a bill in both the House and Senate.

"Government regulation of the Internet is a solution in search of a problem", Pai wrote on Twitter.

"I think the president, as he heads into 2020, when he sees a groundswell, a juggernaut coming at him, I think he's going to change", Wyden said ahead of the House vote. Adopted in 2015 during the Obama administration, these net neutrality protections had the backing of tech giants and startups as well as consumer advocacy groups, which together argued that strong federal open internet protections were necessary to preserve competition and allow consumers unfettered access to movies, music and other content of their choice.

The concept of net neutrality has become a partisan issue, which makes the fate of net neutrality rules dependent on whether Democrats or Republicans hold majority control. Under the leadership of chairman Ajit Pai, appointed in 2017 by President Donald Trump, the FCC did away with the rules last summer. They got right what the @FCC got wrong when it rolled back open internet policies.

The parties' competing visions - and seemingly widening political divide - played out as debate began on the House floor.

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. The Office of Management and Budget said Monday it opposes the bill.

The latest legislative effort comes amid a legal showdown over the repeal. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the bill was "dead on arrival". It will also be a talking point in the next presidential election. In June of a year ago, the protections that Net Neutrality offers were officially repealed.

Net neutrality is a topic we have covered extensively in the past, including what it means for PC gaming. The bill still needs to pass the Senate before being sent to the President but this is an important first step. "They may differ on how and what it should cover, but they still think we should do it".

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 net-neutrality saga continued as tech companies and almost two dozen USA states sued to undo the 2017 repeal and restore the 2015 measure. A federal court heard oral arguments in the case in February.

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