Possible Internet Regulations Threaten Opportunity

As reported yesterday on NPR, current efforts by telecom providers threaten access to information and applications on the Internet. Possible changes by the Federal Communications Commission highlight these efforts, which pertain to what power Internet service providers have in restricting access that conflicts with their own interest. What is at stake are the values of opportunity, something that should be examined as the FCC released the proposed regulatory changes for public discussion.

Restricting the use of Internet based alternatives to telephones, such as Skype and other voice over Internet applications, is just one example of what changes could take place. As telephone and cable providers aggressively market often monopolized products, bundling Internet and telephone packages into one service plan, services that are free over the Internet jeopardize telecom companies own share in person to person communications.

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How safe is Net Neutrality in February of 2009?

It has been a year since Ed Markey pushed this:

Now it's time to see where we are today.

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Let's keep the Net Neutral (opinion of an Old Blogger)

Did you read the "Sock Puppet" article on the Save The Internet Blog? It's a really good argument for preserving Net Neutrality and not letting a couple of giant corporations take control of the Internet.

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Let's keep the Net Neutral (opinion of an Old Blogger)

Did you read the "Sock Puppet" article on the Save The Internet Blog? It's a really good argument for preserving Net Neutrality and not letting a couple of giant corporations take control of the Internet.

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Live from the DNC: Net Neutrality - The Battle For Democracy

To set the context for this blog, let me just start by explaining that there is currently an 8,000 square-foot, two story structure in my office building's parking lot, which is known as the Big Tent. The Big Tent is the place to be for new media journalists, bloggers, reporters, and non-profit leaders covering the Democratic National Convention. One of the great things about the Big Tent is the immense lineup of panels on the second floor throughout the four days of the convention. (Another great thing is the free beer garden provided by New Belgium Brewery).

This morning, I attended a panel on Net Neutrality. As a blogger, my interests in this issue are probably quite obvious, but the bigger picture of what I walked away with is how the real stakeholders in this are all people who live in the United States and are appreciative of our country's commitment to democracy. Panelist Adam Stoller, of OpenLeft summed up the importance of this issue:


"This isn't a story about technology - this is a story about democracy."

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