In a vote, which was more or less along party lines, the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee rejected a Democratic-backed Net neutrality amendment.
The amendment had the backing of the likes of Microsoft, Amazon.com and Google but was opposed by the telcos who wanted to charge heavy-hitter websites for the use of their wires.
Apparently, the only way the Democrats could win this one was if any Republicans defied the party whip. Activist groups had tried to ratchet up the pressure, with a letter-writing campaign to politicians, but none were for turning. µ
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