New Bill to Protect Net Neutrality

February 13, 2008

Representatives Ed Markey and  Chip Pickering I introduced a bill at the U.S. House today, called the Internet Freedom Preservation Act (HR 5353), that would not assure net neutrality but would include favorable provisions into the list of principles that the FCC is required to consider when entertaining the requests of phone and cable companies that they be permitted to charge consumers for access to certain sites.   This sort of “gatekeeping” would fundamentally change the nature of the internet and is ardently opposed by consumer groups..