House votes to restore net neutrality rules


The fight to bring net neutrality back from the dead got a major, if perhaps symbolic, boost on Wednesday. House lawmakers passed the Save the Internet Act, a Democrat-backed bill that would prohibit companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down, blocking, or charging websites to reach users at faster speeds, with a vote of 232 to 190. The act would restore the Obama era net neutrality rules that Trump’s Federal Communications Commission repealed in 2017. Right now, it’s perfectly legal for internet providers to manage their traffic however they want, so long as the terms of service say they reserve the right to do so.

This is a nice gesture but is mostly symbolic and will ultimately go nowhere. Here's hoping the legal challenges to the rule change or more fruitful.

But the bill is unlikely to succeed in the Senate, where Republicans are in control. Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that the Save the Internet Act would be “dead on arrival” when it reached the Senate.

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