Section 1 of the bill disqualifies an internet service provider from receiving money from the high cost support mechanism if the internet service provider engages in any of the following practices: • Blocking lawful internet content, applications, services, or devices unless such blocking is conducted in a manner consistent with reasonable network management practices; • Engaging in paid prioritization of internet content; • Regulating network traffic by throttling bandwidth or otherwise impairing or degrading lawful internet traffic on the basis of internet content, application, service, or use of a device unless such impairment or degradation is conducted in a manner consistent with reasonable network management practices; or • Not providing transparency of its reasonable network management practices. Section 1 also requires that, if an internet service provider has been found to have engaged in any of the practices listed above, the internet service provider must refund any money that the internet service provider received in the prior 24 months from the high cost support mechanism or from any other state support mechanism or other state funding source established to help finance broadband deployment. Section 2 requires the attorney general or the attorney general's designee, in collaboration with the broadband deployment board, to develop guidance for consumers on how to file a complaint with the federal trade commission to allege that an internet service provider has engaged in any of the practices listed above. Section 3 requires a governmental body, when contracting for broadband internet access service, to give a preference to an internet service provider that certifies to the governmental body that it will not engage in any of the practices listed above in section 1.
- Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/23/2018)
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- House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (04/11/2018)
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