US politicians have rejected attempts to enshrine the principle of net neutrality in legislation.
This could mean that Internet providers start deciding on behalf of customers which websites and services they can visit and use.
The vote is a defeat for Google, eBay and Amazon which wanted the net neutrality principle protected by law. And they were right - freedom of access and information on the Internet is a key principle upon which it has been built.
And I thought that governments were trying to protect the Information have nots - this will only hasten a two tier Internet and a multi-class information society. Shame on the US House of Reps! We will all lose on this careless vote.