A massive effort by internet users to prohibit telephone and cable companies from providing better service and prices to preferred customers failed to get through a Senate committee on June 28.

After three days of debate, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bill intended to let phone companies and other telecommunications providers better compete in video markets now monopolized by cable companies.

But the measure faces an uncertain future in the full Senate because of the controversy over "net neutrality"--how to ensure that consumers and internet


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