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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

2007-S215 on Jan 9, 2007

Bill Sponsorship: ensuring net neutrality: no corporate-tiered Internet
Source: Internet Freedom Preservation Act (S.215)
    A bill to amend the communications act of 1934 to ensure net neutrality:
  • Broadband service providers shall not interfere with the ability of any person to use a broadband service to access or offer any lawful content via the Internet;
  • only prioritize content or services based on the type of content or services and the level of service purchased by the user, without charge for such prioritization.

Sen. DORGAN. "The issue of Internet freedom is also known as net neutrality. I have long fought in Congress against media concentration, to prevent the consolidation of control over what Americans see in the media. Now, Americans face an equally great threat to the democratic vehicle of the Internet, which we have always taken for granted as an open and free engine for creative growth.

"The Internet became a robust engine of economic development by enabling anyone with a good idea to connect to consumers and compete on a level playing field for consumers' business. The marketplace picked winners and losers, and not some central gatekeeper.

"But now we face a situation where the FCC has removed nondiscrimination rules that applied to Internet providers for years. Broadband operators soon thereafter announced their interest in acting in discriminatory ways, planning to create tiers on the Internet that could restrict content providers' access to the Internet unless they pay extra for faster speeds or better service. Under their plan, the Internet would become a new world where those content providers who can afford to pay special fees would have better access to consumers.

"This fundamentally changes the way the Internet has operated and threaten to derail the democratic nature of the Internet. American consumers and businesses will be worse off for it. Today we introduce the Internet Freedom Preservation Act to ensure that the Internet remains a platform that spawns innovation and economic development for generations to come."


  • Topic: Technology
  • Headline: Ensure net neutrality: no corporate-tiered Internet

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 2007-S215

Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Byron Dorgan s1pND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 2007-S215

Olympia Snowe s1oME Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 2007-S215

Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 9
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1


















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