Net Neutrality revival likely to stall after House passage

Net Neutrality revival likely to stall after House passage

It includes rules to prevent internet service providers from blocking or throttling legal traffic, or charging companies like Netflix for unfettered access to "fast lanes", a concept known as paid prioritization.

"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 Internet freedom and encouraging network investment", the OMB said. Only four pages long, the bill reverses the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal from 2017 and turns net neutrality rules into law. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the bill the month before.

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The net neutrality measure is likely to stall from here, though, given strong Republican opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House, where aides to President Donald Trump this week recommended that he veto the legislation if it ever reaches his desk. "There's no cop on that beat", Doyle told Next Pittsburgh.

Of course, the Democrats are in the majority for the House of Representatives, while Republicans hold a slim margin in the Senate. I'm proud to have co-sponsored and passed this bipartisan bill through the House, and I'm hopeful that this legislation will enjoy the same bipartisan Senate support it did last session.

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While this is an important step forward if bringing back Net Neutrality, there's still a lot of work that needs to be done in order for it to be restored. The Office of Management and Budget said Monday it opposes the bill.

"President Trump and Mitch McConnell can say whatever they want, but the writing is on the wall: there is overwhelming public consensus in support of real net neutrality and it's only a matter of time before we win", said Evan Greer, deputy director of the internet freedom group Fight for the Future.

Even with such significant roadblocks, there's still a silver lining.

While the new federal net neutrality legislation moves to the Senate, a federal court is deciding whether to restore the old regulations. This bill would eliminate the unjust favoritism of certain corporations and internet service providers, leveling the playing field for consumers and small businesses who depend on the internet for their success.

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