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AT&T, Verizon, Comcast May Fend Off Web Neutrality Rules

AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and cable companies led by Comcast Corp. may find it easier to block Internet-service regulations with Republicans in charge of the U.S. House, analysts said.

Republicans have warned that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposed net neutrality rules could stifle investment. The regulations would forbid providers of high-speed Internet service, or broadband, from interfering with subscribers’ Web traffic.

“Most everything -- particularly net neutrality -- gets harder” for Genachowski with Republicans dominating the House that convenes next year, Jeffrey Silva, a Washington-based analyst with Medley Global Advisors LLC, said in an e-mail. More...

11-03-2010 19:13