Web Titans' D.C. Blues

Yahoo, eBay, and others just lost a key vote on "Net neutrality." Here's why they're likely headed for defeat on the whole issue

An impressive array of tech titans has joined the It's Our Net coalition. Among them: Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT), eBay (EBAY), Amazon (AMZN), and IAC/Interactive (IACI). They're banding together to fight for rules aimed at preventing what they say would be discrimination by telephone and cable companies in directing Web traffic. The group has enlisted a diverse cadre of supporters, from the conservative Christian Coalition, to the liberal MoveOn.org, to consumer-minded groups like the Consumer Union.

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