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Photos: Senators on Net neutrality

Senate Commerce Committee holds hearing on whether or not to enact stiff "Net neutrality" regulations targeting broadband providers.
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Senate committee

On Thursday--the same day that the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to require broadband providers to abide by strict Net neutrality principles--the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on whether to enact stiff Net neutrality regulations.

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Sen. Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, asks a Verizon Communications lobbyist to explain why a two-tier network could benefit consumers.

"What do you do that's so great that you get paid?" Boxer asked.

Verizon lobbyist Tom Tauke replied that a heart patient who is released from the hospital might want a guaranteed Net-connection for remote monitoring and that new regulations will harm the launch of fiber links to the home.

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Sen. Dorgan

"Consumers ought to be able to get any content they wish over the Internet without asking permission from anybody," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, during the Senate hearing on Thursday as Boxer looks on.

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