- Associated Press - Thursday, August 5, 2010

WHAT HAPPENED: The Federal Communications Commission is abandoning efforts to negotiate a compromise on so-called “network neutrality” rules intended to ensure that phone and cable TV companies cannot discriminate against Internet traffic traveling over their broadband lines.

THE BACK DROP: The FCC announcement comes as two big companies that have been taking part in FCC-brokered talks, Verizon Communications Inc. and Google Inc., try to hammer out their own separate proposal on how broadband providers should treat Internet traffic.

WHAT’S NEXT: Verizon and Google are expected to announce their proposal with days.