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Net Neutrality Legislation Introduced in House & Senate

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In the House, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced a bill preventing the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a Title II common carrier service. This classification would allow the FCC to regulate broadband services in the same manner as telephone services. The bill, H.R. 4752, would define Internet access as an information service, and would not allow an information service to be classified as a common carrier.

Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-6th-CA) introduced the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act. This bill would require the FCC to ban broadband carriers from selling Internet fast lanes. This ban would apply only to the connections between consumers and their internet service providers, the part of the Internet governed by the FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules.