Net neutrality amendment rejected
An amendment that proposed to implement network neutrality concepts as
been rejected by the House of Representatives. The amendment's
goal was to impose a set of rules on ISPs in order to "preserve and
promote the open and interconnected nature of the Internet and consumer
empowerment and choice." For instance, the amendment would have made it
unlawful for ISPs to "block, impair, discriminate against, or interfere
with the ability of any person to use a broadband connection to access,
use, send, receive, or offer lawful content, applications, or services
over the Internet."
Backers of the amendment claimed it would help
prevent corporations from paying off ISPs to build fast lanes to their
services. However, critics dismissed those claims as "fear mongering"
and shunned the idea of regulating online affairs. Rep. Lamar Smith is
quoted by CNET as having said, "I urge my colleagues to reject
government regulation of the Internet."