US votes for 'net neutrality'

2009-10-23 11:29

Washington - Federal regulators took an important step on Thursday toward prohibiting broadband providers from favouring or discriminating against certain kinds of internet traffic.

Despite the concerns of the agency's two Republicans and prominent telecommunications companies, the Federal Communications Commission voted to begin writing so-called "network neutrality" regulations.

Proponents say the rules would prevent phone and cable companies from abusing their control over the market for broadband access.