Thursday, 25 April, 2019

U.S. Senate Republican leader calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival'

The Internet Only Needs Saving From Terrible Legislation Senate Republican Leader Calls Net Neutrality Bill 'Dead On Arrival'
Katie Ramirez | 11 April, 2019, 20:57

The Save the Internet Act passed the Democrat-controlled House 232-190, largely on party lines.

Both sides in the debate say they are defending the "free and open" internet.

The bill would repeal the order introduced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, bar the FCC from reinstating it or a substantially similar order and reinstate the 2015 net neutrality order. The Federal Communications Commission supported net neutrality under President Barack Obama but has shifted direction under President Donald Trump, formally ending net neutrality protections past year. "(Senate Bill 78) is unnecessary and would only add to a patchwork of regulations, confusing the regulatory certainty that exists in Colorado today", said Nicholas J. Colglazier, director of Colorado Competitive Council, and who testified against the bill.

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The latest legislative effort comes amid a legal showdown over the repeal. "This legislation would restore real net neutrality protections".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that the net neutrality bill Democrats are pushing through the House will be "dead on arrival" in the Senate. 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. Both states agreed to hold off on enforcing their laws until after a federal court rules on the validity of the FCC's repeal of the former rules. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane.

The OMB said the White House "strongly opposes" the draft law and any return to the "heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration". Instead, it cuts off public money for internet companies that don't engage in net neutrality. 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.

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