The FCC\u2019s approval of AT&T\u2019s acquisition of BellSouth has reinvigorated net neutrality proponents, who believe that ISPs must treat all Internet content equally. To earn the FCC\u2019s blessing over the merger, AT&T had to promise that it would not prioritize the bits and bytes passing over its network, according to Ars Technica. In early 2006, telecom companies began threatening, essentially, to charge Internet content providers premiums depending on the amount of bandwidth their content required, so AT&T\u2019s vow to treat Internet content equally represents a dramatic shift for the company. Consumer and net neutrality advocates hope AT&T\u2019s 180 will lead Congress to pass legislation preventing ISPs from controlling which content gets priority over their networks. Related Links:\nWhat is the Net Neutrality Debate About?\nThe Net Neutrality Debate: You Pay, You Play?\nSenate Panel Rejects Net Neutrality-- Meridith LevinsonCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.