House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality bill

House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality bill
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The House will hold a vote on Democrats’ bill to reinstate the Obama-era net neutrality rules next month, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerMexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay MORE (D-Md.) announced on Monday.

Hoyer said in a letter to colleagues that the House will consider the Save the Internet Act during the week of April 8.

Party leaders introduced the legislation earlier this month with a show of force on Capitol Hill.

“Supporting this bill means supporting our democracy, ensuring that the voices of the public are heard, their will is respected and the internet remains free and open to all,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' MORE (D-Calif.) said at a press conference unveiling the legislation.

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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 bill, which was officially introduced by Rep. Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleHillicon Valley: Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' | Facebook takes down Roger Stone-affiliated accounts, pages | State and local officials beg Congress for more elections funds House Democrats press Twitter, Facebook, Google for reports on coronavirus disinformation FCC rejects petition to probe broadcasts of Trump coronavirus briefings MORE (D-Pa.), has 144 co-sponsors.