Colorado one step away from passing net neutrality law

Doris Richards
April 11, 2019

Reuters reported that the White House said in a statement that it "strongly opposes" the bill because the internet would "return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration".

"Call your freakin reps", tweeted digital rights group Fight for the Future.

Pai, who expressed regret last month about how much attention the net neutrality debate has consumed, suggested restoring FCC oversight would lead to an internet "that works as quickly as your DMV, that runs as reliably as Amtrak and ultimately is as popular as your post office".

The Republican-led FCC repealed numerous net neutrality rules in 2017, setting off a battle in the courts, Congress and a number of state houses over what the rules of the road should be for internet providers. 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. "The Federal Trade Commission has authority to enforce the open internet practices of internet service providers, and has demonstrated its willingness to do so".

According to a Comparitech survey published last month, 80 percent of the USA public-including 77 percent of Republicans-support net neutrality protections.

Wednesday's vote marked the latest swing of the pendulum in a lengthy battle in Washington over what sites and services consumers can access when they go online, and which startups and industries might flourish as a result.

With net neutrality, some Democrats sounded an optimistic note that the House's vote - coupled with sustained public pressure from net neutrality supporters - could shift their fortunes.

"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. Even some Democrats acknowledged that the prospects of restoring net neutrality rules in the current political climate remains unlikely. But top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that net neutrality is "dead on arrival in the Senate". A federal court heard oral arguments in the case in February.

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