Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act. Even though it passed with Democrat support, it was expected to face an uphill battle when it gets to the Republican controlled Senate. Even if it managed to pass the Senate, it would definitely face a possible veto from President Trump. Now, we know.
In a statement from the White House, via Twitter of course, the White House position on the bill is to veto it. Thus keeping all the internet service providers retaining control of how the internet is regulated.
OMB Statement of Administration Policy *Update*:
H.R. 1644, Save the Internet Act of 2019
— OMB Press (@OMBPress) April 8, 2019
The Save the Internet Act, if approved, would restore the original net neutrality regulations that were put in place by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission in 2015. The bill would essentially repeal the repeal of the rules that the Pai FCC approved in the first year of the Trump administration. That means that if the Democrats get their way, rules prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of internet access would be codified into law, making it more difficult for changing FCC leadership to flip-flop the rules.
“Last year, the FCC returned to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for nearly two decades by promoting the internet freedom and encouraging network investment,” the White House’s statement read.
If the bill “were presented to the President,” the White House statement said, “his advisors would recommend that he veto it.”
It is important to note that the net neutrality rules never went into effect, as Ajit Pai worked quickly to repeal the ruling in a very shady way. Taking comments from the people, who he deemed to be invalid as a result of spamming. Thereby claiming that all comments in favor of repeal were valid. Even though there was evidence to the contrary.
Since President Trump voiced his opinion in the matter, it is most likely dead on arrival. Net neutrality was designed to prevent ISPs from controlling how the people use the internet. Unfortunately, it would most likely require a Democratic administration to see the implementation of net neutrality. However, it could be too late to close the barn door.