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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Bill H.4151 190th (2017 - 2018)

An Act protecting consumers by prohibiting blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization in the provision of Internet service

By Mr. Vargas of Haverhill, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Andres X. Vargas and others for legislation to assure net neutrality by Internet service providers and the equal treatment of data on the Internet, and to prohibit discrimination or charge disparity of user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment or method of communication. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

Bill Information

Andres X. Vargas

Emergency Preamble

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to preserve forthwith and uphold the open foundation of the internet by adhering to certain principles, including: free flow of information over the internet; no blocking of lawful websites; no unreasonable discrimination of lawful network traffic; no paid prioritization; and clear commitment to transparency, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

Bill History

Displaying 14 actions for Bill H.4151
Date Branch Action
12/28/2017 House Referred to the committee on House Rules
1/22/2018 House Reported, referred to the committee on Joint Rules, reported, rules suspended and referred to the committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
1/25/2018 Senate Senate concurred
2/26/2018 House Reporting date extended to Thursday March 15, 2018, pending concurrence
3/1/2018 Senate Senate concurred
3/12/2018 Joint Hearing canceled – new hearing TBD
3/21/2018 House Reporting date extended to Thursday April 12, 2018, pending concurrence
3/22/2018 Senate Senate concurred
3/27/2018 Joint Hearing scheduled for 04/03/2018 from 01:00 PM-05:00 PM in B-2
4/17/2018 House Reporting date extended to Thursday April 26, 2018, pending concurrence
4/23/2018 Senate Senate concurred
5/7/2018 House Reporting date extended to Thursday June 21, 2018, pending concurrence
5/9/2018 Senate Senate concurred
7/16/2018 House Accompanied a study order, see H4684

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