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190 House Republicans Vote Against Bill to Reinstate Popular 'Net Neutrality' Internet Protections
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=15321"><span class="small">Josh Israel, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 13:15

Israel writes: "House Republicans sided with the Trump administration on Tuesday, opposing a bill to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's Obama-era net neutrality rules, despite growing support for such a move among consumers."

House Republicans voted against a bill to reinstate net neutrality on Tuesday. (photo: GOPLeader.gov)
House Republicans voted against a bill to reinstate net neutrality on Tuesday. (photo: GOPLeader.gov)


190 House Republicans Vote Against Bill to Reinstate Popular 'Net Neutrality' Internet Protections

By Josh Israel, ThinkProgress

10 April 19


The bill passed the House by a 232-190 vote, but is unlikely to pass in the GOP-run Senate.

ouse Republicans sided with the Trump administration on Tuesday, opposing a bill to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s Obama-era net neutrality rules, despite growing support for such a move among consumers.

The bill passed the House 232 to 190, but it is unlikely to make it past the Republican-controlled Senate. Just one House Republican — Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) — voted for the bill.

H.R.1644, the Save the Internet Act of 2019 — authored by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) — would codify a 2015 FCC policy that ensured that internet providers treat all data requests equally and do not throttle traffic to less-favored sites. President Donald Trump’s handpicked Commission chair Ajit Pai pushed through a repeal of the policy in late 2017.

For consumers, the idea is pretty simple. Under net neutrality, the people who sell you your internet service cannot charge you extra if you want to access Netflix or Hulu at the same speed as you access other sites.  And they cannot cut a deal with Amazon to let you access Prime Video at a faster speed than YouTube Premium.

Doyle described his bill as one that would “‘repeal the repeal’” and codify the Open Internet Order. House Republican leaders denounced it as a “government takeover of the internet.”

At a Tuesday press conference, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) made the odd claim that reverting to these rules might somehow lead to an internet tax. “Will this bill allow government taxation of the internet? The answer is yes, we think it will,” he charged.

But not only does the bill include no new provisions allowing new taxes or fees — which Congress could theoretically institute under the current status quo — it actually does the opposite. The bill’s text restores the FCC’s rules to the way they were on January 19, 2017 — a time at which the Commission had said it would not apply additional taxes or fees.

Although congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have fiercely opposed net neutrality, the public is not especially divided on this issue. In fact, polls over the past two years have found that between 78% and 83% of Americans support net neutrality and the Obama-era rules.

A Mozilla/Ipsos poll in April last year also showed 91% of Americans thought consumers “should be able to freely and quickly access their preferred content on the internet.”

“Support for net neutrality is growing,” Mozilla officials wrote in a blog post that year. “When [we] asked this same question in 2017, 86% of Americans believed this.”

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+3 # Robbee 2019-04-11 08:20
"House Republicans sided with the Trump administration on Tuesday, opposing a bill to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's Obama-era net neutrality rules, despite growing support for such a move among consumers."

- as corporations that elizabeth wants to break up always say - "fuck consumers! if they can't take a joke!"
 
 
+2 # WorkingClass 2019-04-11 13:10
US style capitalism operates on a simple principle. That being, there is no such thing as enough profit. It matters not if there is any public good associated with a corporate move, as long as it provides more profit. Public good is a foreign concept in the corporate boardroom. Growth for the sake of growth rules the day. That my friends is the philosophy of a cancer cell, and we all know that if left untreated the cancer will eventually kill its host, or in this case the consumer who supports our economy. A lesson yet to be learned by the supporters of unregulated greed.