The Open Internet & Innovation

Net Neutrality created the information age, and must be protected at all costs.

Obviously we need to come up with a detailed technical language in order for this law to be effective, but the fundamental point remains that neutrality is crucial to the betterment of our access to information.

I work in telecommunication, and I know exactly what the big providers want to do with throttling. The doors that it opens up are purely insane to even think about, after having 15 years of free and open access to the internet for relatively low cost would any of us want to segregate the network?

The key to maintaining a fast and useful internet is building more infrastructure, capital investment, hard work, and most of all improvement of technology. America has been a leader in internet development, although we do not have as much bandwidth per capita as regions such as Norway or south korea/japan, we do provide incredible amounts of users access at pretty good bandwidth levels for relatively low cost.

In a time when America is struggling to maintain it's place as a world leader in business and industry, would we really want to shoot ourselves in the foot by allowing corporations to milk more money out of obsolete systems? Think about it.


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  1. Comment

    Considering that free speech is essentially banned from public television since international media conglomerates have monopolized the airwaves, the Internet is the American citizens', as well as our global communities', shining light for free speech and communication.

    Following the money to who exactly is behind any movement away from net neutrality always leads to corporations, which are almost invariably in conflict with the demands of the public.

    FCC, who do you work for? We The People, your rightful owners, demand your servitude. Vote Net Neutrality.

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    The proposed rules to not "protect net neutrality". They are a crude attempt to force some sort of shaping of network bandwidth. They limit everybody's options.

    We would be better off with the removal of rules that limit options for consumers. We need more competition, not cronyism.

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    Right now, a small business can compete fairly. If ISPs were allowed to regulate traffic and charge for bandwidth it would kill the independent artist (such as myself), the lone software developer, the innovative cutting edge website creator, the small business that has been able to expand their business to the world thanks to services like skype and vonage, and saddest of all it would cripple the Open Source community.

    I argue that if there hadn't been a free internet, many of the modern conveniences of the internet that have become indispensable to our modern way of life, would never have existed because many of them used high levels of bandwidth before they were able to turn a profit.

    Google would not exist (does anyone remember how crazy it was before google?). As a matter of fact no search engine would have existed (imagine a world without any search at all?). There would be no Facebook, no Twitter, no Youtube, netflix, no gmail or google docs, no myspace, linkedin, voip, skype, vonage, (skype and Vonage are indispensable to my business), large file transfer, digg, lastfm, yahoo, any kind of maps, and the list goes on.

    Many of these services we have now that we take for granted, began as micro-operations that developed huge traffic overheads long before they were profitable.

    Without net neutrality we would be killing the next google or facebook, the next Ani Difranco, the next Ubuntu, before they would ever have had a chance to exist.