House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that the House will hold a vote next month on the Democrats’ bill to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules. “Hoyer said in a letter to colleagues that the House will consider the Save the Internet Act during the week of April 8,” reports The Hill. From the report: The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines in 2017 to repeal the popular regulations prohibiting internet service providers from blocking or throttling websites, or from creating internet fast lanes. Democrats and consumer groups are fighting the repeal with a legal challenge in federal court and have pushed net neutrality regulations at the state level.
While Republicans have floated their own bills to replace the rules, many oppose the Save the Internet Act because it reinstates the provision in the 2015 order that designates broadband providers as common carriers, opening them up to tougher regulation and oversight from the FCC. Though it enjoys widespread support among Democrats, the legislation may have a hard time getting through the GOP-held Senate. The “Save the Internet Act” was introduced earlier this month by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House and Senate Democrats.