U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks.
The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said Internet service providers should be regulated more like public utilities to make sure they grant equal access to all content providers, touching off intense protests from cable and telecoms companies and Republican lawmakers.
In response to a petition filed on the online platform WeThePeople, the White House reaffirmed its backing for net neutrality in an official blog post written by Gene Sperling and Todd Park.
Democrats of both the House and Senate have filed The Open Internet Preservation Act today in a bid to bring back net neutrality, TechCrunch reported.
Verizon, US's biggest wireless provider, argued in a US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia that the 2011 rule on net neutrality violated its First Amendment rights.