WASHINGTON—Senator Edward J. Markey filed a bill Monday to restore so-called “net neutrality” to the Internet following a court ruling last month that opened the door for service providers to control content and grant priority access to bigger players.
Markey has been a long-time proponent of open access, introducing a net neutrality bill in 2009.
The Federal Communications Commission adopted similar rules in 2010, requiring service providers to treat all content equally. But those rules were struck down, at least temporarily, by the US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Markey’s bill would keep the open Internet rule until the FCC adopts new rules that would pass legal muster. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he supports net neutrality as has President Obama.