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FCC ends net neutrality talks, back to square one

Here's our take in the paper today:

By Cecilia Kang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 6, 2010

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday called off its closed-door meetings with big Internet companies aimed at reaching agreement on protecting consumer access to the Web, after drawing criticism for attempting to broker a deal with limited public input.

The breakdown of the talks followed news of a separate agreement between Verizon and Google that would let Verizon give priority to certain Web content on its fixed-line networks. The deal between the two companies -- which are partners in the Android wireless phone platform -- does not apply to Verizon's mobile networks.

Insiders lamented the end of the agency-led talks, saying that there had been progress among FCC officials and representatives of AT&T, Verizon, Skype, Google, a cable trade association and a coalition for firms such as Amazon and public-interest groups. The parties had been working out agreements on network neutrality, which would prohibit Internet service providers from dictating what subscribers are able to access on the Web.

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By Cecilia Kang  |  August 6, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Google , Net Neutrality , Verizon  
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