Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Net Neutrality and the Free Market

From freelance writer, Warner Todd Houston:

The Right Needs to Wake up to Net Neutrality
Here are just a few of the latest articles on Net Neutrality for your information:

The FCC Again Resumes its Unauthorized Internet Agenda
The Washington Examiner, By Seton Motley

The estimable John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable reports: The (Federal Communications Commission-FCC) is issuing a public notice to "improve the FCC's understanding of business broadband needs," calling it the "next step" advancing the FCC's small business broadband agenda.

Only one problem with this FCC assertion. They're not supposed to have a small business broadband agenda. Or a broadband agenda. Or any sort of Internet agenda at all.

Tweet of the Day: The Real Battle for Mobile
Reuters, by Brian X. Chen

Tensions seem to rise between Apple and Google every time they launch a phone or acquire a new media company, but the real battle is happening in a wonkier arena: telecom.

South Korean ambassador touts net-neutrality policies
The Hill, by Sara Jerome

Han Duk-soo, the ambassador from South Korea, said in a speech on Tuesday that net-neutrality protections constitute a critical policy for the wireless and wireline broadband landscape.

What's all the fuss about net neutrality?
Fierce Content Management, by Ron Miller

Who owns the Internet? No one. Who controls the Internet? No one (except in certain countries that censor content, and that's not ownership). So what's all of the ruckus about?

'Net neutrality' is a new wrinkle in Web content competition
The Olympian, by Staff

In the analog world of my youth, inventive marketers sought to increase the visibility of their enterprises by naming them something like "AAA widgets," so that theirs would be the first widget company a user would encounter in the phone book.

TITLE II, The FCC's 'Third Way' Internet Land Grab is Hardly a 'Moderate' Solution
Big Government, by Seton Motley

Former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Glen Robinson wrote yesterday about FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposed "Third Way" solution to Commission Internet regulation – whereby the FCC unilaterally rips the Internet out of its current lightly regulated framework and places it under the antiquated and oppressive Title II telephone regulatory regime.

Former FCC Commissioner and MIT Staff Columnist Speak Out Against Net Neutrality
Americans for Tax Reform, by Jenn Cobb

If you were as excited as I to hear of the FCC postponing net neutrality decisions, heed Glen O. Robinson's caution for us to rein ourselves in. Robinson, a professor of Law Emeritus at UVA and Commissioner of the FCC from 1974-1976, deciphers their recent decisions in his article The Middle Way to Internet Freedom .

Here are a few anti-Net Neutrality organizations and Web Resources that are worth looking in on occasionally:

Here are some industry websites that follow Internet regulations:

At stake is no less our freedom to blog not to mention the innovation of a free market.
This issue is vitally important for the freedom and success of our Internet.

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