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.