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Democrats unveil bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules

08 March 2019

The Save The Internet Act of 2019 was unveiled today by Sen. Instead of writing a new set of net neutrality rules, the bill would nullify FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's December 2017 repeal of the FCC order passed in February 2015 and forbid the FCC from repealing the rules in the future.

In her speech, Pelosi reported that 86 percent of Americans opposed President Trump's assault on net neutrality-including 82 percent of Republicans.

"In a matter of weeks, we will act upon this", the California Democrat said.

Legislation that protects real net neutrality recognizes that there are more than three ways for ISPs to leverage the fact that they control your access to the Internet and Internet services' access to you.

Critics of net neutrality counter that the rules could stifle investment and innovation, and claim the internet is not designed for utility-style regulation from the 1930s. "Net neutrality is one of the most important digital-rights issues we face today, and the internet is among the most influential important inventions ever created". After passing the Senate, that bill died in the House, where then speaker Paul Ryan refused to bring it to a vote. They were upheld in the Senate in a bipartisan vote and garnered bipartisan support in the House last year before the year ended. But forcing a vote in the Senate will require more cooperation from Republicans than previous year. But with Republicans in control of the Senate, the legislation could be dead-on-arrival there unless the two parties agree to negotiate a compromise. The CRA allows Congress to simply overrule the actions of a federal agency within a certain window of time. And, assuming all Senate democrats vote for the bill, they'll have to pick up another Republican to pass it.

On Wednesday, 46 House and Senate Democrats moved forward with legislation that would codify so-called "network neutrality" legislation into law, bypassing a court dispute over their repeal by the Trump administration Federal Communications Commission. In 2017, the FCC repealed rules that prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. At this time's invoice, proposed by Senator Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Consultant Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania), would restore the 2015 protections and would bar the FCC from repealing the principles once more.

"Whether it is in the halls of Congress or in the courts, we will not stop fighting until net neutrality is fully restored", the MA senator said.

"It's accurate to say the debate about an open internet is not going away", Cantwell said. You decide what you want to see and use, without ISPs stacking the deck in a way that benefits them.

The Save the Internet Act returns us to the hard-fought-for protections of the 2015 Open Internet Order and we should not settle for anything less.

Democrats unveil bill to restore 'net neutrality' rules