So far, the Net Neutrality discussions in Congress have centered on communication and broadband policy and the FCC in terms of regulation. This week, John Conyers (D-MI) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act “to promote competition, to facilitate trade, to ensure competitive and non-discriminatory access to the Internet. This bill would treat net neutrality as an anti-trust issue, thus amending the Clayton Act that forbids activities that would be harmful to competition. Charging different buyers different prices for the same product is one of those items.
While there is still a good deal of discussion to be had around this topic, it is good to see Congress making an effort to understand this important issue and to ensure continued access to a free and open Internet.