Thursday, September 30, 2010

FT.com / US / Politics & Foreign policy - Congressional ‘net neutrality’ deal falls apart

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In an unusual statement, Henry Waxman, the Democratic chairman of the House energy and commerce committee, said a deal that had support from cable and phone companies, as well as consumer advocates, were scuppered after his Republican counterpart said he could not support the proposal.

Mr Waxman said the proposal was designed to protect net neutrality, the principle that internet service providers may not intentionally hinder or favour the delivery of content, over the short term. It would have prohibited wireless carriers from blocking websites and prevented phone and cable groups from “unjustly or unreasonably” discriminating against any lawful internet traffic.

FT.com / US / Politics & Foreign policy - Congressional ‘net neutrality’ deal falls apart

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