Senate Republican Leader Calls Net Neutrality Bill 'Dead On Arrival'

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The bill, he said, "would restore popular, bipartisan, common sense net neutrality protections, and put a cop back on the beat to protect consumers, small businesses, and competitors from unjust and unreasonable practices" by internet providers. This Democrat-sponsored legislation would nullify the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule on "Restoring Internet Freedom", 83 Fed.

Colorado legislators note the effort is just one of 120 bills and resolutions in 34 states (and DC) crafted on this subject since Ajit Pai's FCC voted to kill net neutrality in late 2017. In its place, Pai and the GOP-led FCC only required Internet providers to be transparent about the ways they manage their networks, while shifting oversight to another federal agency.

The parties' competing visions - and seemingly widening political divide - played out as debate began on the House floor.

Republicans feel Title II's regulatory authority is too burdensome, while Democrats believe that the bill locks in the parts of Title II that are necessary, but makes it hard to use other more problematic aspects of Title II in the future. The bill passed through a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup, paving the way for tomorrow's House vote.

Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, is expected to sign the measure. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., ahead of the House vote.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that the net neutrality bill Democrats are pushing through the House will be "dead on arrival" in the Senate. As of this writing, the bill has 197 co-sponsors in the House.

Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat, said Wednesday that after repealing net neutrality protections the FCC had replaced them with "nothing, nada, zip, crickets".

"I do not get the sense the fundamental dynamics have changed", Sen. "We're still on the side of net neutrality, they're still not, and they believe they won at the FCC".

"I don't know if they'll pass this bill", he said in an interview. "[But] it may very well be a traditional thing where the Senate passes its bill and we go to conference to come up with a consensus". A vote to reinstate net neutrality rules is set for today. A collection of tech companies, advocacy groups and almost two dozen states sued the FCC past year to challenge the repeal.

Tech companies, advocacy groups and others have asked a federal appellate court to vacate the FCC's repeal order - including the decision to override state laws.

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