The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to restore net neutrality protections that were repealed by President Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission in a controversial move more than a year ago.
The bill, called the Save the Internet Act, would reinstate protections that require internet service providers to treat all online content the same. Providers would once again be explicitly prohibited from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services.
Its passage represents a victory for Democrats, technology companies and consumer advocacy groups who have loudly protested the FCC’s repeal of the rules, but it may only be a symbolic victory. The bill must also pass the Republican-controlled Senate and be approved by President Trump.