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Senate Republicans Introduce Anti-Net Neutrality Legislation

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a bill Monday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. Lee stated, “Few areas of our economy have been as dynamic and innovative as the internet. But now this engine of growth is threatened by the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which would put federal bureaucrats in charge of engineering the Internet’s infrastructure.”

Senator Lee’s bill is a thinly disguised attempt to abolish the the 2015 net neutrality rules that are favored by almost everyone except bureaucrats and internet service providers. It would roll back the current legal requirements that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.

If passed, Lee’s legislation would allow government censorship as well as actions by internet service providers to slow down or even block some types of of access, such as Netflix. A second possibility is that internet service providers would be able to charge more to access certain services, such as Netflix.

You can read more about this misguided proposed legislation at

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