Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), member of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, reintroduced a bicameral bill to require the Federal Communications Commission to ban paid prioritization agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider.
The following may be attributed to Chris Lewis, Vice President of Government Affairs at Public Knowledge:
“The Leahy-Matsui bill points towards one of the basic goals for Open Internet rules: the principle that paid prioritization practices should not be allowed to create a two-tiered internet. Consumers expect to reach any part of the internet, and to use the app or service of their choice when they do so, without paying additional tolls to ISPs.
“It's important to note that Senator Leahy clearly indicates that the FCC should incorporate this principle as it moves forward with Open Internet rules in February. As we approach the one-year mark without Open Internet protections, these members understand that we cannot wait any longer to restore these rules. Their statement recognizes the existing authority for the FCC to act and act now.
“The record of filings at the FCC, the statements of business and consumer stakeholders, and even the court decision striking the old rules clearly point to reclassifying broadband as a Title II service as the simplest and strongest way to ensure the Open Internet is protected. We look forward to the FCC acting accordingly in February.”
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