Network operators want to charge Internet content providers for enhanced IP services, while Net neutrality proponents say regulations are needed to prevent abuse by the Net's gatekeepers.
Politicians reintroduce a divisive bill aimed at barring network operators from prioritizing Net content.
January 9, 2007
Agreement reached in AT&T-BellSouth merger could set the stage for renewed action on Capitol Hill.
January 2, 2007
AT&T kept up its merger efforts as phone companies and cable operators kept to their collision course.
January 1, 2007
After months of partisan deadlock, the Federal Communications Commission approves the merger valued at roughly $86 billion.
December 29, 2006
Lawmakers made a lot of noise over MySpace, China and Net neutrality, but tech-related laws were hard to come by.
December 11, 2006
This week's election gives the Democrats control of at least one chamber of Congress. What does it mean for Net neutrality and digital copyright?
November 9, 2006
Deborah Platt Majoras says consumer voices, market forces, existing laws are often good enough to remedy problems.
November 6, 2006
Tensions between privacy and ready access to data lace visions for 2016 tech by Eric Schmidt and Microsoft VP Rick Rashid.
October 17, 2006
Makers of networking hardware, applications urge Congress to hold off on regulations they say could disrupt the way the Internet works.
September 19, 2006
During in-person debate, telecom executives claim Google is hypocritical on Net neutrality and worried about search competition.
August 22, 2006
Deborah Platt Majoras takes aim at Senate proposal to force broadband providers to treat all content the same.
August 21, 2006
Why do Internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Dave Farber disagree over whether the feds should mandate Net neutrality? Chart: Congress' broadband battles
July 17, 2006
Commissioner Michael Copps says the FCC will soon grapple with a clutch of issues that could forever impact the Internet--for good or for bad.
June 27, 2006
Misinformation and misunderstanding surround the debate over Net neutrality. CNET News.com's Declan McCullagh joins CNET Editor Tom Merritt to sort through the thornier issues.
June 27, 2006
Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft want to regulate broadband providers, but they won't like those rules being applied to them.
June 8, 2006
CEO Meg Whitman tries a personal approach: Contacting more than a million members and asking them to contact their politicians.
June 2, 2006
A distinction must be preserved between the market for access and the market for content, says the Web pioneer.
May 23, 2006
In rare Capitol Hill appearance, artist insists that politicians pass new regulations enforcing open Internet architecture.
May 18, 2006
In split with other tech firms, Cisco, 3M, Qualcomm and others ask Congress not to enact laws regarding the concept.
May 17, 2006
An FCC wireless spectrum auction is approaching, and several unlikely candidates may want in on the bidding.
May 11, 2006
In repeat partisan split in House, a Democratic senator takes issue with Republican broadband proposal.
May 9, 2006
They say the Googles of the world shouldn't expect a free ride and the government should stay out of the picture.
May 8, 2006
Coalition of media, consumer and Internet groups says FCC needs power to police Internet to ensure broadband providers follow "Net neutrality" rules.
April 24, 2006
CTO Mark Wegleitner says all his company wants to do is to be able to manage its network.
March 31, 2006
Verizon, AT&T offer special pipes to businesses to link offices. The new idea extends that concept to content delivery, they say. Photo: Ciccone, Tauke talk
March 24, 2006
AT&T CEO says he has no plans to degrade service, FCC chairman says companies should be allowed to recoup costs.
March 21, 2006
Richard Notebaert says it's a good idea to offer different levels of service for companies like Google and Amazon.
March 15, 2006
Companies split over whether Congress should prevent phone carriers from charging Internet providers for using their networks.
March 15, 2006
Commerce Chairman Ted Stevens seems lukewarm to mandatory Net
neutrality, and analysts say it's not a good idea.
March 14, 2006
From "Lost" episodes to movie trailer mashups, the volume of video online is skyrocketing, putting new stress on ISP networks.
February 23, 2006
If some telecommunications carriers get their way, consumers could end up handing over more for the broadband content and services they use.
February 7, 2006
A proposal in Congress could tip the scales toward some services and create a two-tiered Internet.
December 21, 2005