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U.S. lawmakers introduce bill banning paid Internet 'fast lane'

2014-06-17 14:29 by


Democrats in the House and Senate introduced legislation today regarding so-called Internet fast lanes, which are currently under debate at the FCC. The FCC is reviewing and accepting comment on a set of recently proposed net neutrality rules aimed at formally codifying open Internet principles.

The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, introduced Tuesday by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Representative Doris Matsui of California, along with three other Democrats, would ban broadband providers from collecting fees from websites and online services for preferential traffic handling.

In other words, the Online Competition And Consumer Choice Act would reinforce the original principles of net neutrality by treating all data packets that travel across the internet equally - at least between consumers and their internet provider.

"Americans are speaking loud and clear," Leahy said at a net neutrality hearing in Vermont last month. "They want an Internet that is a platform for free expression and innovation, where the best ideas and services can reach consumers based on merit rather than based on a financial relationship with a broadband provider."

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