Net neutrality could be making a comeback thanks to newly introduced bill

Net neutrality may be no more, but thanks to the efforts of various members throughout the government, steps are being taken to reinstate its principles back into the country. On July 17, Representative Mike Coffman announced his bill to push forward with these efforts.

The bill, referred to as The 21st Century Internet Act, aims to bring back the guidelines that were introduced in 2015 with the FCC's Open Internet Order. As such, Coffman aims to stop ISPs from being able to throttle network speeds, block content, and offer fast lanes to those with more cash.

As noted in a letter sent to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Coffman said:

The Internet has been and remains a transformative tool, and I am concerned any action you may take to alter the rules under which it functions may well have significant unanticipated negative consequences. I believe Congress can find the right balance of light-touch regulatory authority while celebrating the same open Internet protections that exist today.

In addition to the net neutrality laws we previously had, Coffman plans on going a step further by deeming it illegal for ISPs to partake in "unfair or deceptive acts or practices."

The 21's Century Internet Act is going to be faced with an uphill battle before it even makes it to the floor, but this isn't the only bill that's in motion to revert Pai's repeal. The California Senate passed a vote in late May to restore net neutrality in the state, and on May 16, the national Senate officially voted 52-47 in favor of bringing the legislation back.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.