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‘Net Neutrality’ bill planned

Net neutrality bill, act II. Since the Democrats have a bigger control of Congress and the House, and President-elect Barack Obama has pledge to support such legislation, will this bill pass or will Republicans try to kill the bill? Sen. Byron Dorgan from North Dakota will try again.

A senior U.S. lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in January that would bar Internet providers like AT&T Inc from blocking Web content, setting up a renewed battle over so-called network neutrality.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, believes a law is essential to prevent telephone and cable companies from discriminating against Internet content, even though regulators have taken actions to enforce free Web principles, a top Dorgan aide said on Thursday.

I’m not sure where I stand on this issue. As a content producer, I am in complete support of such legislature. I already pay to have people access my content. I don’t need to pay a payment to ISPs so that my readers on Comcast can continue to read my site. However, I live near a college campus and can’t get over 200KBps download speeds at night. You can guess where I’m going here.