Net neutrality fans rally in 25 cities (CNET Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 08:57:02

Anne Broache reports:

With Congress still dispersed for its August recess, advocates of Net neutrality laws this week took to knocking on office doors of U.S. senators in 25 cities across the nation.

From Seattle to Denver to Montpelier, Vt., small groups of citizens, small businesses, nonprofits and individuals allied with the "Save the Internet" coalition staged rallies on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hoisting orange signs touting their cause, they presented senators' offices with petitions signed by thousands who support legislation mandating the divisive concept, defined as a broad prohibition against prioritizing Internet content and services.

The activities were designed to ramp up momentum for the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, and Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican. The proposal was narrowly defeated by an 11-11 vote in the Senate Commerce Committee earlier this summer when it was proposed as an amendment to a mammoth communications bill. The House of Representatives in June rejected a similar measure by a wider margin.

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