Democrats lose House vote on Net neutrality | CNET News.com: "Democrats lose House vote on Net neutrality
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: April 26, 2006, 1:54 PM PDT
Last modified: April 26, 2006, 2:32 PM PDT
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update A hotly contested Democratic bid to enshrine extensive Net neutrality regulations in the law books failed Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
By a 34-22 vote, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee rejected a Democratic-backed Net neutrality amendment that also enjoyed support from Internet and software companies including Microsoft, Amazon.com and Google.
'I'm concerned about e-mails being blocked from advocacy groups, of all sides,' said Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat who supported the amendment. 'I'm concerned about start-ups that may be shut down.'
While efforts to rewrite telecommunications laws often languish in obscurity, advocacy groups and corporations have raised public alarms about the section of the 34-page bill pertaining to Net neutrality (also called network neutrality). "