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U.S. House Judiciary Approves Bill Protecting Net Neutrality

6:30 am on May 29, 2006 | Category: Business, Internet, Regulation

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A committee from the U.S. House of Representatives has given its approval to a piece of legislation that seeks to prevent ISPs from controlling internet traffic and forcing content providers to pay “network access” bribes.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 20-to-13 in favor of the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act, designed to protect the principle of net neutrality, and keep network providers like AT&T and Verizon from establishing a dictatorship over internet content and web-based services.

The Committee’s Republican chairman, James Sensenbrenner, along with several other Republicans and the majority of Democrats voted in favor of the bill.

It is comforting to see that most representatives of the people are willing to think of the common internet user on issues like this. If startup companies are to offer innovative and competitively priced services over the web, they must be given the freedom to do so without paying bribes to a demanding and self-centered authority.

Such a system would take away freedom from the internet, and freedom is what the internet is all about.

The Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act still has a long way to go before becoming law, but the fact that net neutrality is being seen as an important, mainstream issue is an encouraging sign indeed.

Published via JeremyMaddock.com.

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