US senator urges FCC net neutrality hearings outside Washington | Reuters

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The FCC is working to write new so-called "net neutrality" rules that regulate how Internet service providers ISPs manage traffic on their networks. In January, a federal court struck down their previous version.More than 1 million comments have poured into the FCC on the issue, many of them in opposition to the rules tentatively proposed by the FCC. The proposed rules, while prohibiting ISPs from blocking any content, suggest allowing some "commercially reasonable" deals where content providers could pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic.The FCC is now planning six roundtable discussions in September and October at its offices in Washington, where the public can meet with FCC staff to talk about the proposed rules and how they may be changed.Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, urged to expand the FCC’s roundtables to other parts of the country, which the FCC has done in the past on other controversial issues such as changes to the rules restricting who can own how many and what kinds of media outlets in local markets."Most of those who had commented on the proposed rules online will not be able to come to Washington to participate in the roundtables that have been scheduled, but their voices are more important than industry lobbyists and Members of Congress," Leahy wrote to Wheeler.

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