CCAGW Annual Ratings

Broadband Internet Access – Passage


Passage of the bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission's Dec. 2017 decision related to regulation of broadband internet services, which classified internet service as an "information service" to be regulated under Title I FCC authorities. It would effectively restore and codify a 2015 FCC regulatory framework and any other rules repealed or amended by the 2017 decision. The restored framework would classify internet service as a "telecommunications service" to be regulated under certain Title II FCC authorities, and restored rules would include prohibitions on blocking and paid prioritization of content by internet service providers. The restored rules would be effective retroactively, and the bill would prohibit the FCC from effectively reissuing the nullified rules. It would also exempt small broadband internet providers from certain public disclosure requirements related to network management practices, performance, or commercial terms, for one year after enactment.

Vote Number: 
House Vote 167
Bill Number: 
HR 1644
CCAGW Position: 
Vote Results: 
Passed 232-190 : D 231-0; R 1-190