White House threatens to veto Democrat-led net neutrality bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters about his reaction to President Donald Trump's proposed FY2020 budget in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2019.

Even if proponents do manage to convince Senators to support it, the White House has threatened to veto the bill.

The House has passed bill Wednesday to restore Obama-era "net neutrality" rules, but the legislation faces slim odds of making it through the Republican-controlled Senate.

We are pleased to learn that President Trump's administration opposes the Democrats' H.R. 1644 and we hope that the White House statement is indicative of more engagement on the current challenges to maintaining an open internet communications market.

The bill would restore regulations that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or from selling "fast lanes" to give certain sites preferential treatment.

Only one Republican joined with Democrats on the measure: Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla. "Now supporters of Net Neutrality have to get it through the Senate".

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"What my friend refers to as a takeover of the Internet, we call protecting consumers, and that's what we're asking the FCC to do", Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) said.

The pro-neutrality advocacy group Free Press has said investment by 13 major broadband providers increased in the two years after the FCC passed the net neutrality regulations.

The OMB said the White House "strongly opposes" the draft law and any return to the "heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration".

The FCC in 2015 in reclassifying internet service said it had significant oversight authority, including the ability to set rates for internet service, but said it was opting not to use it.

The bill would repeal the order introduced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, bar the FCC from reinstating it or a substantially similar order and reinstate the 2015 net neutrality order. It is unclear if proponents will be able to force a vote in the Senate. Both states agreed to hold off on enforcing their laws until after a federal court rules on the validity of the FCC's repeal of the former rules.

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