The Save the Internet Act passed the Democrat-controlled House 232-190 Wednesday, with only one Republican vote in favor. But top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that net neutrality is “dead on arrival in the Senate.”
The bill to restore FCC net neutrality rules will be marked up in full committee April 3. That is according to the House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats, who proposed the bill and passed it out of Subcommittee last week over the objections of Republicans.
Net neutrality supporters will get their day in court this week as they challenge the FCC’s repeal of the popular Obama-era internet rules. A panel of federal appeals court judges will hear oral arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging the FCC’s deregulation of the broadband industry.
Time’s run out for net neutrality supporters hoping to restore Obama-era regulations using abut the fight’s far from over as it heads to federal appeals court.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is acknowledging that Russia-linked email addresses weighed in during the public comment process ahead of the FCC’s net neutrality repeal last year. Pai wrote in a court filing this week that it is a “fact” that a half-million comments were submitted from Russian email addresses during the public comment period, adding that most of those comments were in favor of net neutrality.
The major U.S. wireless carriers are slowing streaming video traffic, according to a new report by researchers investigating net neutrality. They add the throttling practices they observed are creating “an unlevel playing field for video streaming providers while also imposing engineering challenges.”
A trio of Democratic senators is pressing the FCC’s inspector general to investigate the millions of fake comments filed during the net neutrality debate. In a letter addressed to FCC Inspector General David Hunt, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) urged him to investigate fraud in the FCC public comment process.
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a measure that restores Obama-era open-internet rules in California, in a direct rebuke to the Trump Administration’s rollback of these regulations. The Justice Department responded with a lawsuit seeking to prevent the law from taking effect.
The New York Times Co. is asking a judge to order the FCC to turn over information related to possible Russian meddling in the agency’s recent net neutrality proceeding.