Summary

A bill to preserve the free and open nature of the Internet, expand the benefits of broadband, and promote universally available and affordable broadband service. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jan 25, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 25, 2011

Bill Text

A BILL

To preserve the free and open nature of the Internet, expand the benefits of broadband, and promote universally available and affordable broadband service.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

The Congress finds the following: (1) Two-way communications networks constitute basic infrastructure that is as essential to our national economy as roads and electricity. (2) The broadband Internet constitutes the most important two-way communications infrastructure of our time. (3) Access to the broadband Internet is critical for job creation, economic growth, and technological innovation. (4) Access to the broadband Internet creates opportunity for more direct civic engagement, increased educational attainment, and enables free speech. (5) The network design principles fostering the development of the broadband Internet to date, an end-to-end design, layered architecture, and open standards, promotes innovation at the edge of the network and gives end users choice and control of their online activities. (6) These network design principles have led to the network neutrality of the Internet, where there are no paid for premium fast lanes and best effort slow lanes. (7) According to the Federal Communications Commission in 2009, technologies now allow network operators to distinguish different classes of Internet traffic, to offer different qualities-of-service, and to charge different prices to each class of Internet traffic. (8) Broadband Internet access...

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The pro-net neutrality bill – S. 74, The Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 – was introduced by Sen. Cantwell (D-WA) and co-sponsored by Sen. Franken (D-MN). The bill would codify the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) six net neutrality principles (which the ALA supported), outlined in a November 2009 FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), among other things. Specifically, the bill would: - Codify the FCC’s six net neutrality principles by creating a new section in Title II of the Communications Act; - Prohibit paid-prioritization by banning broadband operators from requiring content, service or application providers from paying for prioritized delivery of their Internet Protocol (IP) packets; - Call for broadband providers to work with local, middle-mile providers on fair and reasonable terms and network management conditions; and, - Apply the (bulleted above) obligations to both wireline and wireless broadband Internet platforms. The ALA much prefers the Senate bill over the two anti-net neutrality House bills, H.R. 96 and H.R. 166, as the ALA supports legislation that would uphold net neutrality principles. http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/telecom/netneutrality/recenthistory/index.cfm

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This is the strongest of the bills to support "net neutrality". It will help ensure that the internet remains an open frontier for innovation and creative expression.

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Bill Summary

A bill to preserve the free and open nature of the Internet, expand the benefits of broadband, and promote universally available and affordable broadband service.

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