Net Neutrality Deal Shelved

The US net neutrality proposal has been scrapped, House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman announced after he failed to get the Republicans to support the plans.

The proposal involved introducing a set of rules to be imposed upon mobile and internet service providers, to prevent them from blocking or slowing down access to particular websites on the internet.

The net-neutrality proposal was supported by a number of US public interest groups and prominent internet companies, such as Google and Skype, who wanted to prevent mobile services and internet services providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites that rival their own products or prioritise their own web traffic and that of their business partners.

Some of the companies opposing net-neutrality were AT&T, Verizon Communications and Comcast. They argued that a flexible operating infrastructure was needed to prevent their systems from overloading due to data-hogging web services and applications.

In a show of support for the bill, Waxman said: “Congress can't act, the FCC must. This development is a loss for consumers.”