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A Republican proposal to put anti-net neutrality provisions into a government spending bill has been dropped.
House leaders from both major parties struck a deal late Tuesday night on a $1.1 trillion spending bill and tax breaks. Earlier versions of this bill would have withheld funding from the Federal Communications Commission in order to prevent implementation of net neutrality rules until Internet service providers exhaust all their appeals. Earlier versions also would have imposed new reporting requirements on the FCC and prohibited the commission from regulating Internet service rates.
The compromise budget bill (full text here) did not include those provisions. Tech companies, Democratic members of Congress, and the White House had all pressured Republicans to drop the anti-net neutrality proposals.
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