US Senate committee to hear of 'net neutrality'


BURLINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is going to be hearing from Vermonters about a proposal that could create fast lanes for Internet traffic from websites that can afford to pay more.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is holding the hearing Tuesday at the University of Vermont.

Leahy is proposing a law that would require the Federal Communications Commission to ban so-called paid prioritization agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider.

The goal is to ensure startups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and ensure consumers can access all content equally.

Under the FCC's proposed rules released in May, Internet providers would be able to charge other companies for priority, high-speed access to their users.


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