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'Net Neutrality in Peril

Posted on 6.08.2006

The House of Representatives voted down 'Net neutrality regulations on Thursday.  Proponents of neutrality fear that the telcoms will hold the Internet hostage and possibly restrict access to the world's largest information source. 

Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, had this to say on, "The American public favors an open and neutral Internet and does not want gatekeepers taxing innovation and throttling the free market. The House has seriously undermined access to information and democratic communication."

Conversely, opponents of neutrality see this as a first step to an upswing in consumer choices and a flood of financial resources needed to upgrade the nation's IT infrastructure.

Peter Suderman, technology analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute had this to say, "A market in which Internet service providers aren’t allowed to prioritize the content traveling over their networks is one with less innovation and fewer benefits for everyone involved."

There are still neutrality proposals currently under consideration in the Senate.  Website Services Magazine will, of course, be following the latest developments.

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