White House signals Donald Trump may veto net neutrality bill: Report

The FCC in 2017 reversed rules barring internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes.

White House aides would recommend President Donald Trump veto a bill to restore landmark net neutrality protections if reinstated by Congress, according to a document sent to lawmakers Monday and seen by Reuters.

The White House statement was sent the day before the Democratic-controlled US House is set to vote on a bill to reinstate the 2015 open internet rules. The FCC under Trump in December 2017 reversed rules barring internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritisation.

The reversal of net neutrality rules was a win for internet providers such as Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, but opposed by companies like Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc.

White House signals Donald Trump may veto net neutrality bill: Report

US President Donald Trump. Image: AP

Late on Monday, the White House told Congress that if the bill were approved Trump’s advisers would recommend he veto it. The White House “strongly opposes” the measure that would “return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration,” it said in a statement.

The bill would repeal the order introduced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, bar the FCC from reinstating it or a substantially similar order and reinstate the 2015 net neutrality order.

Pai, who expressed regret last month about how much attention the net neutrality debate has consumed, suggested restoring FCC oversight would lead to an internet “that works as quickly as your DMV, that runs as reliably as Amtrak and ultimately is as popular as your post office.”

 

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