[AusNOG] FW: Screwed Again: House Rejects Net Neutrality
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Fri Jun 9 13:59:37 EST 2006
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Subject: Screwed Again: House Rejects Net Neutrality
Sorry to interrupt the ever-so-interesting discussions on the list, but this
is actually important.
Sorry for the editorial comment -- now for the facts.
Declan McCullagh, via C|Net News:
The U.S. House of Representatives definitively rejected the concept of Net
neutrality on Thursday, dealing a bitter blow to Internet companies like
Amazon.com, eBay and Google that had engaged in a last-minute lobbying
campaign to support it.
By a 152-269 vote that fell largely along party lines, the House Republican
leadership mustered enough votes to reject a Democrat-backed amendment that
would have enshrined stiff Net neutrality regulations into federal law and
prevented broadband providers from treating some Internet sites differently
Of the 421 House members who participated in the vote that took place around
6:30 p.m. PT, the vast majority of Net neutrality supporters were Democrats.
Republicans represented most of the opposition.
The vote on the amendment came after nearly a full day of debate on the
topic, which prominent Democrats predicted would come to represent a turning
point in the history of the Internet.
"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
Engineering Architecture for the Internet fergdawg at netzero.net or
fergdawg at sbcglobal.net ferg's tech blog: http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/
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