Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee rejected the hotly contested amendment that would have governed Net neutrality--the term that has come to represent the concept of an Internet where no traffic is given preferential treatment. The Net neutrality issue has been debated since broadband network operators have voiced their desire to charge content players to deliver content over their networks to help pay for network improvements. Then there was a lot of scare mongering among opponents who said that these network operators could simply block certain traffic or deliberately slow service for those who don't pay up. There are a lot of issues surrounding Net neutrality, and it is complex business writing something like that into law. First off, how do you define it? As Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said, "It's kind of like pornography: You know it when you see it."
To read more about the the Net neutrality issue:
- take a look at this report from CNET News.com