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U.S. Democrats want to bring back net neutrality

2019-03-05 17:32 by


Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil legislation on Wednesday to reinstate net neutrality rules that were repealed by the Trump administration in December 2017, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

The text of the legislation has not been released, and it's unclear what will be included in the bill. If the bill represents a full return to the 2015 rules, it would ban internet providers from blocking or slowing legal content, including through roundabout means like "fast lanes" where customers pay for better performance. The post-repeal FCC allows these restrictions so long as ISPs disclose what they're doing.

Democrats in Congress have said the repeal allows for large broadband and wireless companies to "control people's online activities." Tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, as well as tech pioneers such as Tim Berners-Lee, have spoken out against net neutrality's repeal.

The repeal order is also facing a challenge from Democratic state attorneys general and consumer advocates. Last month, a panel of federal appeals court judges heard oral arguments in the case, and they are expected to issue a ruling by the summer.

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