“A US Senate committee on Wednesday, with a tie vote, rejected a proposal that would have required broadband providers to give their competitors the same speeds and quality of service as they give to themselves or their partners,” Grant Gross reports for Macworld UK.
“The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s 11-11 vote means the net neutrality amendment will not be added to a wide-ranging broadband bill as it goes to the Senate floor. The amendment would have prevented broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast from charging extra based on the type of content transmitted by internet-based companies,” Gross reports. “The amendment would bring new regulation to the internet, committee Republicans argued.”
Gross reports, “The committee’s rejection of the proposal means the fight for net neutrality rules could be stalled for the year. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved its own version of a broadband bill, but voted 269-152 to reject a net neutrality amendment.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Nothing new to add on this, so here’s a replay: We don’t presume to know the best way to get there, but we support the concept of “Net Neutrality” especially as it pertains to preventing the idea of ISP’s blocking or otherwise impeding sites that don’t pay the ISP to ensure equal access. That said, we usually prefer the government to be hands-off wherever possible, Laissez-faire, except in cases where the free market obviously cannot adequately self-regulate (antitrust, for just one example). Regulations are static and the marketplace is fluid, so extensive regulations can have unintended, unforeseen results down the road. We sincerely hope that there are enough forces in place and/or that the balances adjust in such a manner as to keep the ‘Net neutral. What do you think?
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House rejects H.R. 5252 Net neutrality amendment – June 09, 2006