- Associated Press - Monday, March 26, 2018

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts Senate panel is proposing legislation in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules.

The proposal unveiled Monday aims to promote net neutrality through state government contracts and protect consumer privacy by banning internet service providers from collecting, using or disseminating personal data without consent.

It would also target practices like blocking or “throttling” down the speed of some internet content, while prioritizing the content from those able to pay more.

The bill would require internet service providers to be transparent about their network management practices through the creation of a Massachusetts Internet Service Provider Registry.

Net neutrality regulations barred internet providers like Comcast, AT&T; and Verizon from slowing or blocking customer access to apps and sites, or from favoring their own sites and apps.

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