The White House has threatened to veto a net neutrality bill House Democrats are expected to vote to pass this week, which would restore the Obama-era rules repealed by Trump’s FCC at the end of 2017.
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 Save the Internet Act would put the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 rules back into effect.
Those rules prohibited internet service providers from blocking, throttling or prioritizing web traffic, reports The Hill.
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.