AOL spent $80,000 to lobby government in 3rd qtr

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet company AOL Inc. spent $80,000 lobbying the federal government in the third quarter on laws related to Internet regulation and online security and privacy, according to a quarterly disclosure report.

This is less than the $130,000 New York-based AOL spent in the second quarter and the $146,000 it spent in the year-ago quarter.

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 focused its lobbying efforts on Congress, according to the disclosure report filed Oct. 19 with the House Clerk and Senate Secretary.