A bipartisan proposal to regulate the Internet, an idea that has made the rounds in Washington for years, has died in committee.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) had proposed legislation in June that would regulate Internet providers by providing a mechanism for a public hearing and a vote on any proposed rule.
The proposal had been supported by both parties in the House, but the Senate Commerce Committee approved it by a narrow margin on a procedural vote in February.
The committee also voted against the provision to require broadband providers to obtain a court order before they could collect payments from the public.
The provision, which would have allowed Internet service providers to collect fees for the public from people who use their networks, has been used to justify a raft of new rules that critics say would stifle innovation and stifle competition in the Internet industry.
The legislation was expected to pass both chambers, and the White House has been lobbying for it.
But the White of House Legislative Affairs told Politico on Monday that the proposal would have been killed in the Judiciary Committee because it would have imposed a “heavy burden” on internet service providers.
The bill would have required internet service companies to obtain court orders before they would collect payments.
The companies would also have been required to disclose how much the public was getting for using their networks.
In the past, internet providers have been able to charge consumers a fee for using a website.
Under the proposal, companies would have to disclose the cost of using their services to the public, and they would have also been required, for the first time, to disclose whether they had been ordered to collect the fee.
Internet providers also would have had to comply with rules that would require them to treat all internet traffic equally, and would have agreed to pay fines to Internet users who use the Internet in ways that harm their business.
The Republican proposal would also require internet service provider to provide a public listing of their networks that they said are “essential to the functioning of our networks.”
The proposal was backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, and it was supported by major technology companies such as Google, Facebook, Netflix and Twitter.
The American Civil Society Alliance also backed the legislation, which it called a “progressive commonsense” approach to regulating the Internet.
The Internet and technology companies had argued that the bill would be overly burdensome.
The bill, they argued, would create an unnecessary burden on the Internet and slow the pace of innovation.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, however, opposed the measure, saying that it would require the internet providers to “undertake a substantial amount of litigation” and that the internet would be “stifled” by requiring them to obtain the court order to collect such fees.
The House Commerce Committee will take up the proposal on Tuesday.