Network Neutrality has already landed on the plate of the 110th Congress, only four days after it reconvened. Senators Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the bill, known as the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, which can be viewed here
. This will be the second go around of network neutrality legislation.
The legislation aims to prevent broadband service providers from blocking or prioritizing traffic over its network. Dorgan said, "The marketplace picked winners and losers, not some central gatekeeper. That freedom — the very core of what makes the Internet what it is today — must be preserved."
AT&T Executive Vice President for Federal Relations Tim McKone stated, "It's unfortunate that at a time when the U.S. ranks 11th behind South Korea in broadband deployment, precious time is being spent on legislation that will impede, not increase America's standing. We continue to believe that net neutrality regulations are unwarranted."
Maybe I'm missing something, but how does network neutrality legislation impede broadband deployment?
"The Congress should act swiftly to make permanent the Net neutrality conditions of the AT&T merger and apply them to all broadband providers," said Jeannine Kenney, senior policy analyst with Consumers Union.