Digital rights activists stood fast for net neutrality Wednesday despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's dismissal of the widespread support of the Save the Internet Act, citing the millions who tuned in to watch the U.S. House vote over the bill.
Republicans have said the bill would open the door to the FCC imposing rate regulations or adding taxes to internet service similar to levies on cable or phone bills. Republicans, which are widely against Net Neutrality, now have a 53% share of the Senate with Democrats holding 47%.
"It would be nice to have a bipartisan compromise that makes it clear the internet needs to be open, free from blocking, but also open to innovation and letting small businesses come in as they've done in the past and have an opportunity to become successful".
The bill, called the "Save the Internet Act", aims to reinstate net neutrality rules as they were implemented under the previous administration, when Tom Wheeler sat as the FCC's chairman.
On a cold winter day in mid-December of 2017, the FCC voted to kill Net Neutrality.
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To that end, opponents of the House bill have slammed it as a political stunt aimed at rallying Democratic voters ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.
Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat, said Wednesday that after repealing net neutrality protections the FCC had replaced them with "nothing, nada, zip, crickets".
The net-neutrality saga continued as tech companies and almost two dozen U.S. states sued to undo the 2017 repeal and restore the 2015 measure.
Walters promised that the ACU would "double weigh" votes made by House congressmen on the "Save the Internet" Act in next year's "Ratings of Congress" report. A decision is expected this summer.
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