Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to restore the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Open Internet Order and the agency's net neutrality rules by passing the "Save the Internet Act" (H.R. 1644).
- "This bill should not and will not become law", says Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC, in a statement after the bill's passage today.
"Today's bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives to pass the Save the Internet Act reflects the overwhelming public consensus that strong net neutrality consumer protections are vital for the internet ecosystem and the digital economy". One Republican broke ranks and joined Democrats in approving the bill. Advocates warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell against following through on his earlier statement that the bill would be "dead on arrival in the Senate if it passed the House".
Conservative groups and Republican lawmakers pushed back against the attempt to undo the net neutrality repeal, arguing it would grant the government too much control over the internet. As such, it could prove an important issue in the 2020 election. If not there, it would still face a likely veto by President Trump. Even some Democrats acknowledged that the prospects of restoring net neutrality rules in the current political climate remains unlikely.
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Media outlets in the country were reporting on Wednesday morning that long-time leader Mr Netanyahu was victorious. The law would shield Netanyahu from being charged with corruption.
If you're in favor of Net Neutrality and want to see it get approved by the Senate, your best bet is to get in touch with your local Senator and encourage them to vote in favor of it. So they're not interested in establishing a statute.
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, argued the Democratic-backed bill could lead to a bipartisan dialogue. "We look forward to continuing our advocacy when this bill appears before the Senate".
"Government regulation of the Internet is a solution in search of a problem", Pai wrote on Twitter. Dozens of state attorneys general, tech companies including Mozilla and a host of consumer advocates sued the FCC previous year, arguing the agency had acted improperly in rolling back the Obama-era rules. A decision is expected this summer.
Whatever the outcome, the losing parties may petition the Supreme Court to hear the case.