GOP marks net neutrality anniversary with repeal bill


To mark the one-year anniversary of passage of net neutrality rules, a group of eight Republicans introduced legislation to repeal the regulations. 

The legislation introduced by Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeTrump accepts Cruz endorsement after saying he wouldn't In reversal, Cruz endorses Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Utah) was co-sponsored by the two GOP senators still in the presidential race: Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' Fifteen years since pivotal executive order, STORM Act could help fight terror finance MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzTed CruzPence offers Cruz 'heartfelt thanks' for Trump endorsement Cruz: Trump hasn't apologized for personal insults Cruz says he forgives Trump for attacks on family MORE (Texas). Another co-sponsor is Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSaudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Why Cruz flipped on Trump Schumer rips 'disappointing' 9/11 bill veto, pledges override MORE (Texas), No. 2 in GOP leadership. 

The simple two-page bill says the Internet regulations would have "no force or effect" and would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reissuing similar rules in the future. 

The bill has little chance of movement as the regulations face a high-profile court battle. House and Senate Republicans introduced similar resolutions last year that made no progress. 

The controversial rules passed last February reclassify Internet service as a common carrier service, which critics equate with utility-style regulations. The rules are meant to give the FCC more authority to police the conduct of Internet service providers, like Comcast and AT&T.

The rules prevent those companies from blocking or slowing any piece of Internet traffic, while also preventing those companies from prioritizing Internet traffic from websites willing to pay. The rules also contain a broader conduct standard to guard against future abuse. 

Republicans and Internet service providers strongly oppose the rules, and a number of industry groups and companies have sued to block them. Some lawmakers have called for a compromise in Congress, but there has been little movement on that front. Other efforts to chip away at the rules have been unsuccessful. 

Other senators backing the bill include Sens. Tom CottonTom CottonFears mount that Obama will change course on Israel in final months GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase GOP to Obama: Sanction Chinese entities to get to North Korea MORE (R-Ark.), Rand PaulRand PaulSaudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Senators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Five tips from Trump's fallen rivals on how to debate him MORE (Ky.), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).