GOP marks net neutrality anniversary with repeal bill

GOP marks net neutrality anniversary with repeal bill
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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 LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle With religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again This week: Time running out for Congress to avoid shutdown MORE (R-Utah) was co-sponsored by the two GOP senators still in the presidential race: Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE (Texas). Another co-sponsor is Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Hoyer suggests Dems won't support spending bill without DACA fix 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 CottonMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ DHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising MORE (R-Ark.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year Despite amnesty, DACA bill favors American wage-earners MORE (Ky.), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).