Net neutrality

House passes bill to restore net neutrality rules

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The House voted on Wednesday to pass the Save the Internet Act, which restores the FCC's 2015 rules that prohibit internet service providers from blocking, throttling or allowing "fast lanes" for web traffic on their networks.

Why it matters: It's a victory for Democrats, who have been pushing for re-instating the Obama-era rules ever since they were overturned by the Trump administration in late 2017. The telecom industry opposes the legislation that opens internet carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast to stricter regulation.

Bill to restore net neutrality rules clears House committee

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A bill to restore net neutrality rules, rolled back by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017, passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee along party lines on Wednesday.

Why it matters: A vote on the floor of the Democrat-controlled House would raise the profile of this round in the net neutrality fight.

Go deeper: Read the bill