Great FCC stand on "net neutrality"

Great FCC stand on "net neutrality"

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Jg1

It's a long subject, but Net Neutrality is about trying to treat people fairly on the Net, on providing a level playing field.

There are some folks portraying this as more regulation, but that's plain not honest.

It's about making sure your web site and pages have the same chance of getting to someone as the big guys.

Julius Genchowski is running an FCC which addresses real American needs, not for privilege for a few ISPs.

Here's the deal, via openinternet.gov and expressed really well at gigaOm:

The first of the new principles would prevent Internet access
providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or
applications, while allowing for reasonable network management. The
second would ensure that Internet access providers are transparent
about the network management practices they implement. The other four
are:

  • To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open
    and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are
    entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  • To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the
    open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are
    entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject
    to the needs of law enforcement.
  • To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open
    and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are
    entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the
    network.
  • To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open
    and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are
    entitled to competition among network providers, application and
    service providers, and content providers.
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lucie lanes

As I've been reading various comments, I agree with some of them where they state they have some mixed feelings about this idea being both good and maybe not so good. As long as it does not interrupt too much of the ISPs. Of course, we may not know that until the basic "trial and error" take place.

Simon Owens

There's actually a great piece in the WSJ arguing that Google isn't exactly an innocent bystander in this whole net neutrality debate which segues into a few things; notably that while Google pretends to be against internet gate keeping, it does some questionable gate keeping of its own:
1. Google picks winners and losers online through a search algorithm that no one can see and that constantly changes,
2. Google discriminates in favor of corporate partners (through sponsored search results) and their own value-add services (by making YouTube videos, Google Maps results and other products prevalent in its search results), and
3. Google discriminates against protected political speech (countless examples here and abroad).
So the FCC has an important question to ask: as it considers revamping the rules of the online road, should it look at anticompetitve behavior among dominant Internet firms? The DOJ certainly seems to think so. And if the FCC believes antitrust law is sufficient to protect against misbehaving content/applications providers, is it not sufficient to curb bad behavior from ISPs?

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