AOL spent $130,000 to lobby gov’t in 2nd qtr

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet company AOL Inc. spent $130,000 lobbying the federal government during the second quarter on issues such as Internet regulation, computer security and privacy, according to a quarterly disclosure report.

That’s less than the $141,300 the New York-based company spent in the first quarter. AOL didn’t report lobbying expenses for the year-earlier period.

AOL also lobbied on legislation related to consumer protection and net neutrality.

Net neutrality rules adopted by the FCC late last year prohibit high-speed internet providers from discriminating against online traffic, but they give wireless companies a considerable amount of flexibility to manage traffic on their systems.

AOL’s lobbying efforts were focused on Congress, according to the disclosure report filed in July with the House clerk and Senate secretary.