“CenturyLink serves on the board of USTelecom, which spent $42.13 million on lobbying from 2010 – 2017. USTelecom’s lobbying against net neutrality has attracted attention …” CenturyLink 2018 Annual Report (Tom Reed invested in Level 3 Communications, merged with CenturyLink)
Two bills were introduced in the House (116th Congress) to restore net neutrality. The bills are:
- H.R.1096 – Promoting Internet Freedom and Innovation Act of 2019
- H.R.1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019
These bills have much in common:
- Both offer to protect network neutrality
- Both are partisan bills–H.R.1096 with 24 cosponsors, all Republicans; H.R.1644 passed by the House supported by Democrats.
- Neither has a chance to become law during this session of Congress.
Network neutrality is favored by many but opposed by telecommunications industry giants. Both political parties claim to support neutrality. Democrats passed H.R.1644 in the House on a party line vote; it will not be considered by the Republican controlled Senate. House Republicans support H.R.1096; it will not be considered by the House. Since neither bill will become law, both must be considered political posturing. Read about both bills here.