Thursday, March 08, 2018

Open Internet Preservation Act Introduced in Senate

On May 7, Senator John Kennedy (R-La), filed S.2510 - "The Open Internet Preservation Act." S.2510 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Sen. Kennedy’s bill is a companion to H.R. 4642. The latter bill was introduced in December 2017 by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee. 
If passed, S.2510/H.R. 4642 would establish bright-line rules prohibiting broadband Internet access service providers from: (1) blocking lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; and from (2) impairing or degrading lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, application, service, or use of a non-harmful device. The prohibitions contained in both rules would be subject to reasonable network management exceptions.