Friday, April 7, 2006


Net neutrality fans lose on Capitol Hill

`In a modest victory for broadband providers, a highly anticipated bill in the U.S. Congress does not include specific rules saying that some Internet sites must not be favored over others. [..]

Under Network neutrality, the companies that own the broadband pipes do not configure their networks in a way that plays favorites. They may not be allowed to transmit their own services at faster speeds, for example, or to charge Net content and application companies a fee for similar fast delivery.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay,, Skype and some advocacy groups have been pressing Congress for strict laws requiring Net neutrality, and had been hoping that Barton’s bill–called the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act–would mandate it.’

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