Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of a House subcommittee on the Internet, has introduced legislation in support of "net neutrality". The bill would prevent broadband Internet providers from unreasonable interference with subscribers' access to content. Some service providers, such as Comcast, say they need to take reasonable steps to manage traffic on their networks.
Some believe that government intervention is required to preserve the "open architecture" of the Internet and prevent content providers from being subjected to "unreasonably discriminatory practices by broadband network providers." Others believe that the government should have no role in regulating the Internet although Markey denies that his bill would do that. The bill also would require communications regulators to study the issue and hold public hearings.