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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Net Neutrality information for the nontechnical

A San Francisco talk show on public radio station KQED had a program on net neutrality yesterday that was very easy to understand. Example: UPS and Wal-Mart trucks carrying goods down the highway. UPS carrying other people's goods, Wal-Mart carrying their own. That's fine, Wal-Mart should be able to carry their own stuff. But what happens when Wal-Mart owns the road? Won't they try to get their products to market faster? Carve off lanes for their own trucks? Change the speed limit for themselves to create a competitive advantage that pays off the investment in the highway? Michael Krasny, Host: Dave McClure, president and CEO of the U.S. Internet Industry Association Eric Hernaez, CEO of Solegy, a company that provides voice over IP and other next generation services Glenn Woroch, professor of economics and executive director of the Center for Research on Telecommunications Policy at UC-Berkeley's Haas School of Business John Sumpter, vice president of Pac-West You can listen to it here

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