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Friday, June 09, 2006

The End of the Internet as we Know It : U.S. House Rejects Net Neutrality

Yes I know guys, this doesn't smell very good. We may be in the process of witnessing the end of the Internet as we know it.

A recent vote in the US House of Representatives has led to a rejection of the principle of Net Neutrality from the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (Cope Act), in spite of massive lobbying from prominent businesses. According to the BBC, the bill '...aims to make it easier for telecoms firms to offer video services around America by replacing 30,000 local franchise boards with a national system overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'. However, according to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, 'telecommunications and cable companies will be able to create toll lanes on the information superhighway... This strikes at the heart of the free and equal nature of the internet. Source: Slashdot

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