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Some of the largest hardware makers in the world, including 3M, Cisco, Corning and Qualcomm, sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday firmly opposing new laws mandating Net neutrality–the concept that broadband providers must never favor some Web sites or Internet services over others.
[...] “It is premature to attempt to enact some sort of network neutrality principles into law now,” says the letter, which was signed by 34 companies and sent to House Majority Leader Dennis Hastert and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Legislating in the absence of real understanding of the issue risks both solving the wrong problem and hobbling the rapidly developing new technologies and business models of the Internet with rigid, potentially stultifying rules.”
The letter even goes so far as to applaud a committee vote in the House of Representatives on April 26, in which Net neutrality proponents–largely Democrats–lost by a wide margin. “We are pleased that the committee rejected attempts to add so-called ‘network neutrality’ provisions to the bill,” it says.