Net Neutrality Defeated

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voted against a measure that would protect net neutrality in a 269 to 152 vote on Thursdays.

If you’re not familiar with the term “net neutrality”, it is essentially the principle that all internet traffic should be delivered on a first-come, first served basis.

“There is going to be a fundamental change in the whole history of the Internet,” said Rep. Edwards Markey (D-Mass.) predicting that the bill would lead to the creation of fast and slow lanes on the information superhighway, and would stifle online innovation.

Net neutrality is what allowed the internet to become what it is today.  Without it, we might not have the likes of eBay, Google, Yahoo, and other prominent web companies.  By allowing telecommunications companies to control access and delivery of the web, they may very well be stifling the future of the internet and future innovative entrepreneurs.

With its defeat in the House, the debate now moves to the Senate.  Consumer groups and technology leaders are not willing to give up the fight yet; they plan on carrying the fight on up to the Senate.

 

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