Commentary: Net Neutrality Suffers a Defeat in WashingtonBy Edward H. Baker | Posted 04-27-2006
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee voted to allow big telecom companies, such as Verizon and AT&T, to sidestep local approval for cable-like services. That's bad enough, but the committee also defeated an amendment to the bill that would strengthen so-called "net neutrality" guarantees, prohibiting telecoms from favoring some Web sites over others, and charging companies extra to ensure delivery of their content.
The struggle to maintain an open Internet seems to be getting tougher and tougher, as big telecom and cable companies seek to monetize their control of the Internet backbone in new and imaginative ways. But what can you expect, given the