Kuster and Pappas Vote To "Save The Internet"

Judy Cobb
April 13, 2019

The House voted Wednesday to approve the "Save the Internet Act", a bill that would restore net neutrality, which proponents see as a way of safeguarding free and open information exchange online.

Ajit Pai several times opposed President Obama-supported net neutrality guidelines and supported Donald Trump administration's efforts.

The "Save the Internet Act" was approved by a mostly party-line vote - 232-190. Four Democrats and six Republicans decided not to cast a vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that the bill is "dead on arrival" in this Senate because the chamber will not take it up. When the agency rolled back net neutrality protections, it gave broadband providers the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content.

"A free and open internet is crucial to ensuring every small business has an equal shot at success and no consumer is locked out of the opportunity to access information", said Congressman Pappas.

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THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES has passed an act that would if ratified, lead to the reinstatement of net neutrality in the US.

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.

A federal appeals court upheld the 2015 net neutrality rules, while another appellate panel is considering whether the 2017 FCC order is legal. Oral arguments in the case, Mozilla versus the FCC, were heard in February. The bill, the Save the Internet Act, draw support nearly exclusively from Democrats. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., said the bill would give the "FCC the authority to protect consumers now and in the future". Still, around 86 percent of Americans (including 82 percent of Republicans) opposed the FCC's net neutrality repeal, according to a survey past year by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland. If not there, it would still face a likely veto by President Trump.

The bill will now go to the Senate for a potential vote. They were highly partisan in Washington and came after a decade of telecom-industry resistance.

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