State considers action on net neutrality appeal

Published on Sunday, 4 March 2018 20:53
Written by The Associated Press

HARTFORD (AP) - Connecticut is considering whether it makes sense to counter the repeal of federal net neutrality rules, which had banned telecommunications companies from interfering with web traffic or speeds to favor certain sites or apps.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff last week unveiled proposed legislation that would ultimately prohibit internet service providers in Connecticut from throttling consumer internet speeds, blocking certain websites or charging extra fees in exchange for favored internet traffic.

Meanwhile, Democratic State Comptroller Kevin Lembo has urged Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, also a Democrat, to join at least five other governors in requiring all state contracts with internet providers include net neutrality provisions. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday on legislation that would do the same thing.

Opinions are mixed at the state Capitol as to whether Connecticut should get involved in what some argue is a federal debate.

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Sunday, 4 March 2018 20:53. Updated: Sunday, 4 March 2018 20:55.