US House passes 'net neutrality' bill unlikely to become law

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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.

That's a Washington way of saying it would reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality regulations the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal in December 2017. This bill would force the FCC to regulate the internet in the same way it regulates TV for example. 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. The Office of Management and Budget said Monday it opposes the bill.

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. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the bill the month before.

"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". During the FCC's repeal effort, millions of Americans wrote the agency in staunch support of the government's rules, spurred on by Web activists and the likes of HBO's John Oliver. As such, it could prove an important issue in the 2020 election.

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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.

Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat, said Wednesday that after repealing net neutrality protections the FCC had replaced them with "nothing, nada, zip, crickets".

Net neutrality is a topic we have covered extensively in the past, including what it means for PC gaming. Some agreed not to enforce the laws pending the outcome of the Mozilla case.

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