News.com reports that the Republican-controlled House Energy and Commerce subcommittee defeated a Democrat backed “net neutrality” proposal by an 8-to-23 margin. The proposal had been backed by companies such as: Amazon.com, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. On Wednesday, the chief executives of these companies sent a last-minute letter to the committee, saying that the “net neutrality” proposal was a “critical” addition to a current piece of telecommunications legislation…