Last month, Democrats introduced a simple three-page bill that would do one thing: restore the network's neutrality rules to the FCC and the authority's authority over ISPs, both of which were removed by a huge controversial decision from the agency at the end of 2017.  Tuesday morning, Save the Internet Act went through a key function for the House Committee's vote and summary – despite some last-minute efforts by major telecoms to weaken the bill.
"Inside the belt is really about five companies," said representative Anna Eshoo during the hearing. "Throughout the country, the American people really get this. National stamp shows that Republicans, Democrats, Independent Support Net Neutrality. We're still in the same old soup pot here. We need to take our lenses off and look across the country."
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The Pai revocation not only ended net neutrality, it dramatically reduced FCC's large broadband provider's authorization, leaving any remaining authorizations to an FTC critic (like former FCC chief Tom Wheeler) saying that the authorities or resources are unable to actually polishing telecom giants.
With neither competition nor meaningful oversight to keep them in check, these telecom giants will have carte blanche to abuse their roles as online gatekeepers online, online neutrality activists have repeatedly warned.
Net neutrality supporters were surprisingly quick to applaud the bill's progress.
"Net neutrality returns with revenge," said Evan Greer, Assistant Director of the Consumer Group Fight for the Future, in a statement.
"Politicians learn slowly that they can't get away with shilling for larger telecoms anymore," Greer said. "We take advantage of the strength of the Internet to save it, and any legislator in the way will soon face the anger of their anger, which will overwhelmingly have legislators restoring these basic protections."
Greer told the motherboard that several last-minute changes were introduced by lawmakers during the shooting period in an attempt to water down the bill, but everyone was drawn in the wake of widespread public interest in the hearing.
"It seems that the GOP resigned a bit after the great exaltation of public support," Greer said, who told the motherboard that 300,000 people saw the organization's life stream of the startup process. The attention "really emboldened democrats and shored up those who were wobbling," Greer said.
The 2015 FCC rules were drafted over a decade of discussion, countless public hearings, and many legal neutrality hearings. As such, activists say they have seen some attempt to change legislation as a non-starter, as the public clearly wanted a clean restoration of the original rules.
Despite the broad neutrality of net neutrality among consumers, telecom lobbyists have continued to urge strong partisan divisions in the congress on the issue, which could make the bill difficult to pass. While it should pass in the house, it faces a tougher uphill climb in the Senate and will also have to avoid a veto by President Trump.
If the law fails to pass, FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules can also be restored through a lawsuit filed against the FCC by 22 state lawyers and companies such as Mozilla, who say that Pai FCC ignored all objective data and public interest its rush to satisfy the country's largest broadband providers.