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More On Net Neutrality

Posted on 9.05.2007

Antitrust authorities at the Justice Department today warned regulators against imposing "network neutrality" regulations that would bar broadband Internet service companies from charging extra to some content providers. In comments to the FCC, the Justice department said some network neutrality proposals "could deter broadband Internet providers from upgrading and expanding their networks to reach more Americans."

"Regulators should be careful not to impose regulations that could limit consumer choice and investment in broadband facilities," the department's antitrust chief, Thomas Barnett, said in a statement. The concept of net neutrality is being studied by the FCC and has been the subject of much debate in Congress. Some lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to get net neutrality legislation passed last year.

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