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H.R. 4682 (115th): Open Internet Preservation Act

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A new bill would allow a never-before-permitted feature on the internet: “paid prioritization,” in which service providers could make some websites faster if they’re paid to do so.

What is net neutrality?

For years, a government principle called “net neutrality” had allowed the internet to flourish in a way that television and radio never matched. Essentially, it required that all internet service providers — such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T;, and Time Warner — treat all internet traffic equally.

No websites could be slowed down, made prohibitively expensive to access, or even blocked entirely just because a service provider judged such actions to be financially beneficial or because of the moral views of a service provider’s leadership. For example, pornography can’t be blocked for customers even if the CEO of Verizon …

Sponsor and status

Marsha Blackburn

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2017
Length: 7 pages
Dec 19, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on December 19, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


41 Cosponsors (41 Republicans)



Dec 19, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4682 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4682. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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