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House of Representatives passes Save The Net Act to restore Net Neutrality

House of Representatives passes Save The Net Act to restore Net Neutrality

This is big. The American people are not done fighting for an open internet & I'm proud to stand with them in that fight.

If the bill passed the Senate, the White House signaled this week President Donald Trump would likely veto it.

If it passes both the House and Senate, the bill will restore the net neutrality rules put in place by way of the Obama-era FCC's Open Internet Order in 2015 that required internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. This bill would force the FCC to regulate the internet in the same way it regulates TV for example.

The reversal of net neutrality rules has been a win for internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, but was opposed by companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, with the support of the telecom industry, argued it had inhibited private-sector investment and exceeded the agency's own authorities.

With net neutrality, some Democrats sounded an optimistic note that the House's vote - coupled with sustained public pressure from net neutrality supporters - could shift their fortunes.

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"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".

It also reflected the continued efforts by Trump's top Democratic critics in Congress to battle his administration's deregulatory agenda, a political crusade that's touched on issues including environmental protection and transportation. As such, it could prove an important issue in the 2020 election. In June of a year ago, the protections that Net Neutrality offers were officially repealed. According to The Washington Post, Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) told reporters yesterday that the bill is "dead on arrival". "We're still on the side of net neutrality, they're still not, and they believe they won at the FCC".

"In the net neutrality aspect of it, it's who's in charge here", he said.

Whatever the outcome, the losing parties may petition the Supreme Court to hear the case.