Friday, May 26, 2006

House Backs 'Net Neutrality'

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that upholds the principle of Net Neutrality.

What this means is high speed Internet providers will not be allowed to charge companies like Google and Yahoo a premium to get their content to move in a digital fast lane while the Web's minor players, like this humble blog, would be left to languish in a no-frills slow lane. This law would use federal antitrust laws to prevent the ISPs from abusing their dominant market power.

The bill passed 20-13 along vaguely bipartisan lines, although only 6 of 22 Republicans voted in favor. Still, it's a good first step.
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