Net neutrality loses in Senate committee

11-11 tie means telecom legislation moves forward without neutrality provisions.
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News.com's Anne Broache reports that the Senate Commerce Committee has defeated net neutrality by one vote. The amendment, offered by Sens. Olympia Snowe and Byron Dorgan, went down in an 11-11 tie; a majority vote in favor was required to pass it.

The amendment would have prevented infrastructure providers like AT&T and Verizon to discriminate betwen different types of traffic, such as applications or server. The phone companies don't want net neutrality provisions added to the bill, because they would like to be able to charge a premium for access to superfast infrastructure they plan to build to handle their high-def television system. The Senate bill will allow phone companies to deliver television programming over IP, in competition with cable and satellite providers.

Details on the decision to come.

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