Democrats revive net-neutrality proposal

The only net neutrality proposal to encounter some measure of success in the U.S. Congress is back again for another try, CNET reports. As foreshadowed at a March hearing, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., on May 8 reintroduced the Internet Freedom and Non-discrimination Act, which passed by a 20-13 vote in the same committee in 2006. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., is co-sponsoring the bill, but so far, it’s not clear whether any Republicans have signed on. Just like last time, the bill would rewrite U.S. antitrust law to prohibit network operators such as AT&T and Comcast from blocking, impairing, or discriminating against "lawful" internet content, applications, and services or charging extra fees for "prioritization or enhanced quality of service." The measure would provide exceptions for things such as "reasonable and nondiscriminatory" network management necessary to keep the network running smoothly. The bill’s introduction comes on the heels of a hearing earlier this week about a net neutrality proposal in a competing House panel, the Energy and Commerce Committee, which traditionally engages in turf battles with the Judiciary Committee over certain matters…

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