Summary Box: Federal Communications Commission abandons network neutrality talksBy AP
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Summary Box: FCC abandons net neutrality talks
WHAT HAPPENED: The Federal Communications Commission is abandoning efforts to negotiate a compromise on so-called “network neutrality” rules intended to ensure that phone and cable TV companies cannot discriminate against Internet traffic traveling over their broadband lines.
THE BACK DROP: The FCC announcement comes as two big companies that have been taking part in FCC-brokered talks, Verizon Communications Inc. and Google Inc., try to hammer out their own separate proposal on how broadband providers should treat Internet traffic.
WHAT’S NEXT: Verizon and Google are expected to announce their proposal with days.