Lawmakers Propose Banning ‘Paid Prioritization’

Lawmakers are not happy with the FCC's proposal to allow broadband providers to charge content providers extra money for faster access to their customers. This supposed fast lane approach has rubbed lawmakers the wrong way, according to The Wrap, prompting them to push legislation that bans "paid prioritization."

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) – a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – proposed identical legislation Tuesday in the House and the Senate, saying that they are deeply concerned that a failure of the FCC to act could be "detrimental to the Internet," and to businesses who do business there.

“Americans are speaking loud and clear: 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,” said Leahy in a statement.

Matsui said a free and open Internet "is essential for consumers, both to encourage innovation and competition in the Internet ecosystem. Our country cannot afford ‘pay-for-play’ schemes that divide our Internet into tiers based on who has the deepest pockets."

The legislation, "The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act," already has the support of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) – all of whom are cosponsoring the legislation.

"Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic must be treated equally," Sen. Franken said in a statement. "And that's the way it should be. Since the FCC's rules for net neutrality were struck down earlier this year, I've been fighting hard to make sure that the internet remains an open marketplace where everyone can participate on equal footing. Our bill would be a huge step towards preserving the internet as we know it."

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: The Wrap

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