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Republican's Net Neutrality Bill Opens Door for Paid Fast Lanes

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Dec 20, 2017, 8:48 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

A new bill proposed by Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representative from Tennessee, aims to "fix" net neutrality with a number of provisions. For example, the Open Internet Preservation Act proposes that there should be no blocking and no throttling of web traffic. At the same time, the bill would make it possible for internet providers to create paid prioritization schemes in order to foster fast lanes. Moreover, the bill defines broadband as an information service and not a utility, something that would prevent it from being regulated more tightly under Title II. "This legislation is simple, it provides light-touch regulation so companies can invest and innovate, and make sure our internet is up to 21st century standards," said Blackburn. The Republican-led FCC recently voted to rescind the net neutrality laws that were put in place during the Obama administration.

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walpoleauto

Dec 20, 2017, 1:32 PM

Complications

I don't understand how internet providers can get away with this. If you are paying for a guaranteed speed, can't you sue for failure to meet that speed wherever you go? How can Verizon sell a 150mbps package and only allow me to use 3 Megs for Netflix?
No one is 'getting away' with anything. The article suggests the possibility of such a thing. Not an example of an actual company announcing this as policy.

The article is clearly leftist pablum designed to elicit responses like yours. Don't get...
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aeternavi

Dec 20, 2017, 12:04 PM

"Fast lanes"

Just another way of saying throttling companies that don't pay
thenewempire

Dec 20, 2017, 9:55 AM

useless

wow... I mean why even bother? The fast lanes are one of the biggest issues...
 
 
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