Congressional Democrats Introduce Bill Banning Internet Fast Lanes

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Net Neutrality. It’s been a huge topic of discussion, debate and interest, even among the less tech savvy. Mainstream media outlets have gotten a hold of the story and it seems people are finally willing to listen. Previously, many people didn’t care too much for this debate because they just didn’t understand the verbiage or content. Now that the issue is grabbing the spotlight Congressional Democrats are introducing a new bill that would ban the use of “fast lanes” for companies that can pay for them. Here’s a little excerpt from NPR.


A bill unveiled by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., requires the Federal Communications Commission — the authority charged with enforcing net neutrality — to use whatever authority it sees fit to stop “paid prioritization” agreements between broadband providers (like Comcast) and content providers (like Netflix). This aim of the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act is to make sure your Internet providers don’t speed up some types of content (like Netflix videos) but not others.

“Americans are speaking loud and clear,” Leahy said. “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.”

This is a huge step in the battle for Net Neutrality. Of course this bill isn’t law just yet but it shows that Congress is listening and maybe, just maybe, they’re going to do what’s right for the people. What do you think about this latest move by Congress in the Net Neutrality debate? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Our social media links are to the left of your screen.

Source: NPR and The Washington Post

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