Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that a bill to restore Obama-era net neutrality rules will be immediately killed in the Senate, as the House is expected to pass the bill this week.
“Dead on arrival in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters about the House bill.
The White House on Monday threatened to veto the bill which would restore the Obama-era rules repealed by Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the end of 2017.
The Save the Internet Act would require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. The Obama-era rules prohibited internet service providers from blocking, throttling or prioritizing web traffic.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said in a release Monday that the Trump administration “strongly opposes” the legislation that Democrats have pushed in recent weeks.
The OMB said that the Democrats’ bill would “return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration and undo the FCC’s action that restored the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to investigate and take enforcement action against unfair, deceptive, or anti-competitive acts or practices committed by broadband providers.”
Last year, a poll conducted by Mozilla and Ipsos showed that “Americans across the political spectrum overwhelmingly want strong net neutrality protections, and that they don’t trust their ISPs to provide it for them without oversight,” says Gigi Sohn, Mozilla Fellow and former FCC counselor.
“What should make policymakers stand up and take notice is that 78% of Americans, including 84% of adults under the age of 35, believe that equal access to the internet is a right, and not a luxury,” Sohn continues.