Congressional Democrats hope to revive net neutrality

Ian Bush
March 06, 2019 - 3:32 pm
Net Neutrality.

Dreamstime

Updated 7:25 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There's a new effort to bring back net neutrality - Obama-era internet rules repealed by Republican regulators after President Trump took office. Congressional Democrats claim wide public support for the bill that would turn back the clock. 

Rep. Mike Doyle frames the fight as little guy versus corporate giant. 

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"People understand that their ISPs have far too much control over their connection to the internet and the services they care about," Doyle said. 

Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon wouldn't be able to block, speed up or slow down access to websites and services under the bill introduced by the congressman from western Pennsylvania.

It would restore the 2015 rules and prevent the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission from deleting them.

"(T)hat would ensure the internet remains an open platform for innovation and competition," Doyle said. 

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Which is exactly what Republicans argue their repeal ensures.

Doyle's bill is likely to pass the House, but the Senate is a different story. President Trump would also have his veto at the ready.

A statement from an FCC spokesperson said: 

“The FCC’s return in 2017 to the bipartisan, light-touch approach to Internet regulation has been a success. This time-tested framework has preserved the free and open Internet. It has promoted transparency in order to better inform consumer choice. It has unleashed private investment, resulting in more fiber being deployed in 2018 than any year before and download speeds increasing by an astounding 36%. And it has proven wrong the many hysterical predictions of doom from 2017, most notably the fantasy that market-based regulation would bring about ‘the end of the Internet as we know it.’ The Internet in America today is free and vibrant, and the main thing it needs to be saved from is heavy-handed regulation from the 1930s.”