In a legislative defeat for the people (me) supporting Network Neutrality, an amendment sponosred by Mass. Representative Ed Markey was defeated in committee today. The Democratic sponosred amendment as was voted down by Republicans on the House Endergy and Commerce Committee. A new group formed to Save the Internet claims the amendment didn’t go far enough in protecting Net Neutrality anyway.

The Network Neutrality concept has gained a lot of support from many tech heavyweights such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. Not suprisingly, at&t is in favor of a two tiered Internet.

This defeat doesn’t mean a great deal at this time. It will probably be a prolonged battle. A bill designed to protect Network Neutrality in a similar way is circulating in the Senate and has some bi-partisan support.