Democrats in Congress today introduced a net neutrality bill that would fully restore the Obama-era rules that were repealed by the FCC’s current Republican majority.
Instead of writing a new set of net neutrality rules, the bill would nullify FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s December 2017 repeal of the FCC order passed in February 2015 and forbid the FCC from repealing the rules in the future.
Democrats won a House majority in the November 2018 elections, so they can ensure that their net neutrality bill will receive a full vote in that chamber.
Republican leaders in Congress have consistently opposed the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules and supported Pai’s repeal of those rules.
Republicans have pledged support for some type of net neutrality law, but not one as strong as the repealed FCC rules.
Today, Democrats accused Pai’s FCC and Congressional Republicans of ignoring Americans’ pleas to maintain net neutrality.
Pai railed against the Democrats’ bill in a statement claiming that his net neutrality repeal should remain in place because 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 percent.” In reality, FCC data on Internet speed only goes up to the end of 2017, so it doesn’t show any increase after the net neutrality repeal, and broadband deployment during Pai’s term has continued at about the same rate as in the Obama administration.
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