So suppose for the moment that net neutrality is an antitrust issue.
Does this bill fix antitrust law enough to deal with it?
Federal lawmakers have introduced yet another network neutrality bill,
but this time with a focus on fair trade issues.
This week, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, who chairs the House Judiciary
Committee, has introduced legislation that addresses the issue by labeling
it an antitrust matter. Conyers’ H.R. 5994 would ban discriminatory
network management practices by amending the Clayton Act.
The bill, labeled the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act, would
require carriers to promote competition and allow people to use any
device they want to on the carriers’ networks. The bill makes exceptions
for emergencies, criminal investigations, parental controls, marketing,
and improvements to quality of service.
Under the Detroit Democrat’s proposed legislation, ISPs could give
preference to certain types of data, but they must give the preference
regardless of the data source. It would ban ISPs from discriminating
based on content, applications, or services.
Lawmakers Eye Net Neutrality As Anti-Trust Issue,
The Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act would require carriers to promot
e competition and allow people to use any device they want to on the carriers’
By K.C. Jones,
May 9, 2008 05:42 PM
And does this fix the problems Google and Ebay complain about?
Meanwhile, a cosponsor sums it up:
U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has co-sponsored the legislation.
“Recent events have shown that net neutrality is more than a hypothetical
concern. We need a meaningful remedy to prevent those who control the
infrastructure of the Internet from controlling the content on the
Internet,” Lofgren said. “This legislation will help guarantee that the
innovative spirit of the Internet is not trampled.”