Colorado one step away from passing net neutrality law

Save the Internet Act

Mitch McConnell: Democrats' net neutrality bill is 'dead on arrival' in Senate

Senate Republican leaders oppose the bill and the White House has pledged to veto the measure if it makes it to the president's desk.

The largely symbolic 232-190 vote on the "Save the Internet" bill aims to restore regulations approved in 2015 and then rolled back in 2017 in the latest back-and-forth over the contentious internet issue that has been debated for over a decade.

We are pleased to learn that President Trump's administration opposes the Democrats' H.R. 1644 and we hope that the White House statement is indicative of more engagement on the current challenges to maintaining an open internet communications market. The bad news is while Republicans said they too want to to protect net neutrality, only one Republican voted for the bill. Four Democrats and six Republicans decided not to cast a vote. The Trump administration said the bill would "return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration".

Commenting on the House vote today, Rep. Doyle said approval "of the Save the Internet Act is a big victory for consumers and a major step towards restoring Net Neutrality and making it a permanent law ..."

Net neutrality supporters argue net neutrality rules are necessary to prevent Comcast, AT&T and other broadband providers from censoring sites or discriminating against competitors like Netflix.

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 Communications Commission supported net neutrality under President Barack Obama but has shifted direction under President Donald Trump, formally ending net neutrality protections past year. Colorado's new Senate Bill 78 would not only block ISPs from engaging in all the usual anti-competitive shenanigans (blocking or otherwise throttling a competing service), but it would also force ISPs to pay back state taxpayer-backed grants if they engage in said behaviors. California also has a net-neutrality law which is on hold until the appeals court decision.

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