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White House says will veto House net neutrality proposal

White House says will veto House net neutrality proposal

If the bill "were presented to the President", the White House statement said, "his advisors would recommend that he veto it".

The House passed a bill to restore the FCC's rules of the road for the internet, but the legislation is likely to be blocked in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said it was "dead on arrival".

The reversal of net neutrality rules was a win for internet providers such as Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, but was opposed by companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc.

"With the Save the Internet Act, Democrats are honouring the will of the people", claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. No Democrats voted against it. Democrats say polls show Americans overwhelmingly back net neutrality and want protections that providers will not interfere with their internet access.

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"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.

The Senate passed the Congressional Act (CRA) in May 2018 to restore net neutrality rules, which is "an obscure legislative tool" introduced by Sen.

Three Republicans "bucked the sysytem" and joined Democrats to pass the CRA and reverse the FCC's gut of net neutrality rules, but the then Republican-held House failed to pass the CRA. A Trump veto wouldn't be much of a surprise, as he has promoted his administration's regulatory rollbacks and tapped Ajit Pai to serve as FCC chairman. 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. He opposed the Obama-era FCC's adoption of the net neutrality rules in 2015, and championed the repeal of most of the regulations. He and other Republicans believe the FCC's 2015 rules were a regulatory overreach, as it classified internet service as a common carrier.