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House Dems Just Passed Bill To Reinstate Obama Era Law

House Democrats passed a bill Wednesday restoring the Federal Communication Commission’s rule prohibiting internet service providers from slowing down internet traffic.

Lawmakers approved a Democrat-backed bill that would restore Obama-era rules requiring AT&T, Verizon and others to treat all traffic equally, though the measure is likely a symbolic gesture. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told Reuters Tuesday that the House bill, which passed 232 – 190, is “dead on arrival.”

The Save The Internet Act would repeal FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s 2017 order, bar the agency from reinstating it, and reinstate the 2015 net neutrality order. Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania said Tuesday the bill “puts a cop on the beat to make sure our internet service providers aren’t acting in an unjust, unreasonable or discriminatory way.”

Only one Republican, Rep. Bill Posey of Florida, voted for the bill. Democrats and others activists often characterize internet service providers (ISPs) as a driveway connecting a home to the vast network of portals on the internet, while net neutrality, they claim, is the principle preventing providers from charging a high fee for some traffic.

Many people who oppose providing the government more authority over bandwidth say that’s not an apt-description.

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