Members of the House Judiciary Committee introduced a new net neutrality bill on Thursday to prevent broadband providers from stepping over the line. The bill was introduced by Judiciary Committee chair, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wisc.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). The bill could complicate earlier efforts at legislation that attempted to give former Bell companies access to local markets so that they could offer TV service over high-speed lines that also can be used to access the Web.
The Commerce Committee passed this earlier legislation, but critics believe that is does not protect consumers from broadband providers giving certain services greater access to subscribers.
Sensenbrenner’s bill has gained the support of Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft, but telephone and cable companies are against non-discrimination requirements that would regulate the Internet.