Net neutrality and taxpayer funded wireless
by Caro, Wed May 31, 2006 at 08:45:01 AM EDT
From the business-oriented Advertising Age:
Content Providers Square Off Against Phone, Cable Companies
The potential winners if tiered Internet becomes a reality: the nation's big phone and cable companies, as well as the marketing partners who can afford the tolls for the access required to provide high-speed video and audio. The losers: consumers, who may have fewer choices and could see prices rise for Internet downloads; content providers that don't hook up with the phone or cable companies; content providers that compete with phone or cable companies; and the raft of small businesses and consumers who won't be able to compete, period.
And I didn't even know this was happening here in Chicago until today.
Chicago wireless plan advances
City Hall will seek proposals from private companies to extend high-speed wireless Internet service to all Chicago neighborhoods at little or no cost to consumers, Mayor Richard Daley announced Tuesday...
The City Council has been studying the possibility of Wi-Fi installation for more than a year.