White House aides to recommend Trump veto net neutrality measure - document


It's not surprising that Trump is expected to veto the Democrat-led net neutrality initiative, but Monday's statement is one of the first direct comments from the White House on the legislation that is expected to easily pass through the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The debate has shifted every time control of Congress and the FCC has changed parties, resulting in years of competing Democratic and Republican proposals and a flurry of lawsuits - yet little progress in crafting a lasting federal solution.

"Call your freakin reps", tweeted digital rights group Fight for the Future.

The net neutrality rules were first approved by the FCC in 2015, during the Obama administration, and were meant to keep the internet open and fair.

You can add Colorado to the growing list of states finalizing state-level net neutrality legislation.

The FCC in 2015 in reclassifying internet service said it had significant oversight authority, including the ability to set rates for internet service, but said it was opting not to use it. "The Federal Trade Commission has authority to enforce the open internet practices of internet service providers, and has demonstrated its willingness to do so". The Trump administration also opposes the bill.

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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.

Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat, noted polls suggest most Americans back net neutrality.

"Last year, the FCC returned to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for almost two decades by promoting the internet freedom and encouraging network investment", the White House's statement read.

Gigi Sohn, a former senior aide to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who ran the agency when the net neutrality rules were adopted, said the rules ensure "internet users, not broadband providers, decide winners and losers on the Internet". "[But] it may very well be a traditional thing where the Senate passes its bill and we go to conference to come up with a consensus". A federal court heard oral arguments in the case in February.