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An impressive array of Internet communications and technology companies, including Google, Intel, Microsoft, Cisco and Verizon, join up to form the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG or TAG), which will work together to find consensus on issues relating to net neutrality.

h adjunct professor Dale Hatfield of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the group announced it would continue to develop the operational and organization structure of the TAG over the coming weeks. Hatfield is a former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chief technologist. Specifically, BITAG said it wants to assess specific functions for the organization, including promoting outreach within the Internet technical community, identifying best practices by broadband providers and other entities, interpreting safe harbor practices, providing technical guidance to industry and to the public, and/or issuing advisory opinions on the technical issues germane to their mission that may underlie disputes among discrete parties