House passes bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell says House Democrats bill to reinstate net neutrality won't even be considered in the Senate. Getty Images

The Save the Internet Act, or HR 1644, would restore rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015.

The parties' competing visions - and seemingly widening political divide - played out as debate began on the House floor. In addition, the bill would restore the FCC's authority to regulate and oversee broadband networks. After a last-second GOP attempt to add porn filters to the legislation failed, the bill passed the Colorado General Assembly last week and heads to the desk of Colorado Governor Jared Polis for signature.

State Senate Bill 78 would also require broadband providers that violate the Obama-era rules to pay back state funds. No Democrats voted against the measure.

The latest legislative effort comes amid a legal showdown over the repeal.

"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.

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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.

"I do not get the sense the fundamental dynamics have changed", Sen. Instead, it cuts off public money for internet companies that don't engage in net neutrality. So they're not interested in establishing a statute. Roger Wicker (R-MS) who chairs the powerful Commerce Committee.

"I don't know if they'll pass this bill", he said in an interview. But top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that net neutrality is "dead on arrival in the Senate". "They may differ on how and what it should cover, but they still think we should do it".

After the FCC's repeal vote, officials in Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Montana, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and California moved forward with efforts to reinstate the former rules on a state-wide basis. Dozens of state attorneys general, tech companies including Mozilla and a host of consumer advocates sued the FCC past year, arguing the agency had acted improperly in rolling back the Obama-era rules.

Tech companies, advocacy groups and others have asked a federal appellate court to vacate the FCC's repeal order - including the decision to override state laws. Some agreed not to enforce the laws pending the outcome of the Mozilla case.

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