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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