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US Democrats introduce a net neutrality bill

by on05 March 2019

Save the Internet Act

Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that Democrats will introduce a net neutrality bill to replace the open internet rules that were repealed in 2017.

In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said a bill called the Save the Internet Act will be unveiled Wednesday and will be introduced in the Senate as well.

The new law is seen as a move against Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to repeal the net neutrality rules and allow telcos to block or throttle websites and creating internet fast lanes.

Republicans and the broadband industry have called for legislation codifying net neutrality, but there remain some partisan divisions over what rules should be in effect and how they should be enforced.

Democrats and consumer advocates believe the reclassification was necessary, as it put the industry under the FCC's oversight, giving the agency the means to crack down on violations.

The repeal order is also facing a challenge from Democratic state attorneys general and consumer advocates.

Last month, a panel of federal appeals court judges heard oral arguments in the case, and they are expected to issue a ruling by the summer.

Last modified on 05 March 2019
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