Net neutrality and internet privacy

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Two amendments were offered to the supplemental finance bill heard this week in the Senate.

The first amendment was the internet privacy bill that passed almost unanimously in the Senate last year. The bill works to protect Minnesota consumers and their privacy by requiring internet service providers to receive express written approval from consumers in order to collect their data. The amendment was ruled not germane, and an appeal of that ruling failed on a 34-33 vote.

The second amendment was a bill that would establish net neutrality in the state, ensuring that Minnesotans would have equal access to the internet regardless of the content they were consuming and prohibiting companies from paying extra to ensure faster internet speeds for their products. The amendment was ruled not germane, and an appeal of that ruling failed on a 34-33 vote.

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