The Slowskys are vehemently opposed to this bill. Comcast A Senate bill called the “Consumer Choice in Online Video Act” takes aim at many of the tactics Internet service providers (ISPs) can use to overcharge customers and degrade the quality of rival online video services. Submitted yesterday by US Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the 63-page bill (PDF) provides a comprehensive look at the potential ways in which ISPs can limit consumer choice, and it boots the Federal Communications Commission’s power to prevent bad outcomes. Let’s take a look at a few of the areas the bill targets. Online video degradation “It shall be unlawful for a designated Internet service provider to engage in unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices, the purpose or effect of which are to hinder significantly or to prevent an online video distributor from providing video programming to a consumer,” the bill states.

A little more specifically, it would be illegal to “block, degrade, or otherwise impair any content provided by an online video distributor” or “provide benefits in the transmission of the video content of any company affiliated with the Internet service provider through specialized services or other means.” 6     

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