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Net Neutrality Faces Uphill Battle after House Defunding Vote

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The Federal Communications Commission’s rules governing Internet content and traffic, known collectively as net neutrality, face an uphill battle after House Republicans voted to defund the provision in a stopgap spending bill.

The continuing resolution passed by House Republicans last week also included $61 billion in cuts, making it politically unpalatable for many in the Senate — where the measure now waits.

And now, some Senate Democrats are indicating they won’t look kindly on (or vote for) such measures.

While four Senate Democrats said they might be interested in “revising” the 1996 statue setting FCC’s regulatory authority, Politico reported, they insisted, “That does not mean that the agency should stop doing its job under current law.”

FCC has interpreted current law to mean that it has the appropriate authority to regulate Internet traffic, and it did so in its net neutrality ruling issued in December.

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