- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Both of Vermont’s U.S. Senators have come out strongly supporting President Barack Obama’s call to preserve open access to the Internet and for the Federal Communications Commission to reject rules setting up what critics call fast lanes in cyberspace.

The commission has been considering new rules that curtail so-called “net-neutrality,” in favor of a system in which companies could pay for preferential access like having their data move at higher speeds than people who don’t pay for the privilege.

Sen. Patrick Leahy on Monday re-issued a report he produced on a July hearing in Burlington at which witnesses testified in favor of continued equal access to the Internet.

Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a letter to the FCC saying that ending net neutrality would be a disaster.

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