Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bad Day For Net Neutrality

In a modest victory for broadband providers, a highly anticipated bill in the U.S. Congress does not include specific rules saying that some Internet sites must not be favored over others.

I know this is the fiftieth time I've posted on this but net-neutrality is a big freaking deal and it effects us as much, if not more than HR 1606. We all need to educate ourselves on it and follow it and lobby on it, especially with Google slanting rightward. Major bloggers are letting this one slip by. And this is an issue that binds the Left and the Right! Educate yourselves. Contact your representatives.
I'm imploring you. We're going to get hosed if the broadband providers are allowed to charge tolls and create a two lane internet.
Here are some useful links:
Net Neutrality for the non-technical
Net Neutrality is Bad for You  (an alternate viewpoint)
Worse Case scenario
Update: From a friends email, this is the kind of garbage we're up against.


  • I'm not getting the same amount of panic from this situation. I mean we've had years of unregulated Internet and it's obviously worked for everyone involved. Now all of a sudden we think that the government is the only thing that can keep us moving forward? I'd keep things as they are, because they've worked - if an ISP starts getting shady, not only will the FCC and/or Congress step in, but they'll be killing themselves as a business.

    By Blogger paulaner01, at 3/28/2006 08:32:00 PM  

  • I think we've been able to move foward because we were unregulated. It only becomes the 'goverment's' problem when they (the telco\carriers) start to regulate how network traffic flows and to whom at what speed.

    By Blogger digiblade, at 3/28/2006 09:05:00 PM  

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