Net neutrality amendment rejected

— 11:09 AM on June 9, 2006

An amendment that proposed to implement network neutrality concepts as law has 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."

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