House Passes “Save The Internet” Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

The American public overwhelmingly supports strong and enforceable rules and opposes corporate control of the Internet, and today’s actions show that the House is listening. Without the protections of the 2015 Open Internet Order, ISPs have shown that they will engage in discriminatory behaviors that benefit their bottom lines to the detriment of consumers and competition. The Writers Guild of America, West issued a statement saying it “applauds the House of Representatives for passing the Save the Internet Act and putting us back on the path to restoring net neutrality. We urge Senate Majority Leader McConnell to prioritize his constituents over corporate interests and bring this legislation up for a vote.”
Reaction among industry factions was predictably split, with the FCC issuing a salty statement and the Writers Guild and other groups applauding the move.
The effort to repeal it stemmed from the drive to curb the ability of internet providers to erect gates around content. Net neutrality, which became law under President Obama, was repealed by the Republican-controlled FCC of Donald Trump. Companies like Netflix have advocated for net neutrality, finding themselves on the opposite side of large service providers like Comcast and AT&T. Proponents of net neutrality say it prevents private companies from dictating the flow of information on the internet.
The House voted Wednesday to approve the "Save the Internet Act," a bill that would restore net neutrality, which proponents see as a way of safeguarding free and open information exchange online.
As the legislation now moves to the Senate for final approval, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed that it is “dead on arrival in the Senate,” a stance that aligns with that of the Trump administration. The bill passed the Democrat-controlled House by a vote of 232-190. Only one Republican voted in favor.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai derided the "so-called Save the Internet Act" in a statement. "The internet is free and open, while faster broadband is being deployed across America. “This legislation is a big-government solution in search of a problem," he said. This bill should not and will not become law.”” />

Government Poised To File Suit To Block AT&T-Time Warner Deal: Reports

The U.S. Department of Justice plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, according to multiple media reports this afternoon.
Although the situation has been shrouded in confusion, his department has reportedly communicated to AT&T that it would have to ditch Turner Broadcasting, including CNN, or DirecTV, in order to gain approval. The action would officially draw a line in the sand that the government has been threatening for months. Makan Delrahim, head of the DOJ's antitrust division  has recently articulated a philosophy that calls for added scrutiny of the "behavioral remedies" that allowed comparable deals like Comcast-NBCUniversal to go through under President Obama.
Time Warner shares slipped 1% to $87.69 as the news hit Wall Street, while AT&T actually gained a fraction to finish at $34.65.
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Philosophy isn't the operative word for President Donald Trump's view of the $85 billion deal. He has long assailed CNN as "fake news" and has spoken publicly against the combination and is seen as a potential factor in foiling the deal, even though the news network will continue to report on his administration regardless of its corporate ownership.