Net neutrality is back in the spotlight.
"This administration's hasty, careless abandonment of the carefully crafted, common sense 2015 Open Internet framework was ill-considered and flat out wrong".
"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 Internet freedom and encouraging network investment", the OMB said.
Ian Walters, communications director for the American Conservative Union (ACU), told Townhall in an interview Monday that net neutrality doesn't so much ensure freedom from bandwidth and content restrictions by Internet service providers as it puts government in control of the World Wide Web. The rules classified the internet as a public utility until the FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to repeal them in December 2017.More news: Not enough health benefits in vitamin supplements, study says
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Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, argued the Democratic-backed bill could lead to a bipartisan dialogue. "Today, nobody is enforcing the rules". "However, H.R. 1644 is not even remotely an intellectually-honest or serious effort to create regulatory certainty or legislate net neutrality", he suggested.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai is certain the bill won't become law, describing it in a statement as a "big-government solution in search of a problem".
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. That means bill supporters would need at least four GOP senators to vote yes on the Save the Internet Act in order for it to land at Trump's desk. The bill still needs to pass the Senate before being sent to the President but this is an important first step.
Commissioner Michael O'Rielly said that like many others, he would have welcomed a clear, thoughtful, and bipartisan Congressional directive with respect to the FCC's authority over the Internet. Meanwhile, advisers to President Donald Trump are urging him to veto the legislation if it does eke through the Senate.
The Save the Net Act's next stop is the Senate, and this is where things will get heated.
"In the net neutrality aspect of it, it's who's in charge here", he said.