The House Energy and Commerce committee, voting largely along party lines, has rejected a Democratic attempt to give Net neutrality the power of law. The bill was born in response to telecom and cable operators saying they'd like to charge content providers such as Google or, uh, CNET, extra to deliver certain online content and applications. It would have required the FCC to protect Net neutrality by punishing Internet providers who "block, impair, degrade, discriminate against, or interfere with the ability of any person to use a broadband connection to access, use, send, receive, or offer lawful content, applications, or services over the Internet." Now, all of that sounded like a good idea to me, but apparently not to Republicans. Maybe it's because they hate Alyssa Milano, but in any case, the bill's likely dead for the time being.