Rep. Joe Barton of Texas has declined to support a Net Neutrality proposal introduced by California Congressman Henry Waxman. Barton says he declined to support the proposal because it did not offer a permanent solution.
Waxman concedes that his proposed solution was limited. It would have included basic open-access principles that prohibited broadband internet access providers from discriminating against certain types of web traffic. However, the law would remain in effect only until the end of 2012, at which time it would be subject to renewal by Congress.
CNET reports that the bill was similar to rules proposed by the FCC almost a year ago, as well as other language drafted by Google and Verizon Communications. Waxman’s latest attempt is the most recent in a long line of failed attempts to put formal Net neutrality regulations in place.