A controversial net neutrality measure that died in the last congressional session has been revived by key Democrats in the Senate. On Tuesday, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), along with Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL), re-introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, which would direct network operators not to “block, interfere with, discriminate against, impair or degrade” Internet traffic. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is the Republican co-sponsor of the measure that would also require operators to make broadband service available to customers on a stand-alone basis. The bill would permit the prioritization of Internet content, applications and services only if it is done—free of charge—for all content, applications and services of the same type. Last year, Snowe, Dorgan and other Senate Democrats attempted to add identical legislation as an amendment to a telecom reform bill that, among other things, would have established a nationwide video franchise. The measure, however, was contested by Republicans who were then in control of the Senate, and efforts to add net neutrality provisions to the larger telecom bill failed as a committee vote ended in an 11-11 tie. As Snowe observed that the reintroduction of net neutrality legislation “marks another step toward ensuring the fate of the Internet lies in the hands of its users and not in the hands of a few gatekeepers,” Dorgan predicted that, with Democrats now in charge of Congress, “we have a shot at getting this done.” Although supporters of the bill cited as an impetus AT&T’s recent agreement to accept net neutrality conditions in exchange for FCC approval of its merger with BellSouth, AT&T vice president Tim McKone warned that “precious time is being spent on legislation that will impede, not increase, America’s standing” in the arena of broadband deployment. Asserting that lawmakers are “trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist,” Verizon vice president Peter Davidson quipped that net neutrality should be renamed “net regulation.”