Leahy, Matsui Relaunch Net Neutrality Legislation

By Melissa Lipman (January 7, 2015, 7:08 PM EST) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., on Wednesday reintroduced net neutrality legislation that would block so-called paid prioritization deals between content companies and Internet service providers, as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to release new open Internet rules next month.

The lawmakers introduced parallel measures known as the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act into both houses of Congress. The last incarnation of the bills failed to get out of committee in either house.

The measure is designed to make sure that the Internet does not get split into fast and slow lanes, allowing startups to maintain market...

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