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Leahy to hold hearing in Vermont on net neutrality

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy plans to convene a hearing in Vermont to gather opinions from residents on a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission that could create fast lanes for Internet traffic from websites that can afford to pay more.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at the University of Vermont.

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Leahy is proposing a law that would require the FCC to ban so-called paid prioritization agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider.

Leahy says his proposal would ensure startups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and would ensure consumers can access all content equally.

Under the FCC's proposed rules released in May, Internet providers would be able to charge other companies for priority, high-speed access to their users.


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