The FCC must reclassify broadband as a "telecommunications service" so that it can keep the Internet open and free of corporate gatekeepers. Without vital Net Neutrality protections and the ability to enforce them, the Internet will cease to be a public platform for free speech, equal opportunity, economic growth and innovation. Instead, companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, which have a commercial incentive to limit ...more »
The Open Internet & Innovation
I read this disturbing article the other day:
Time Warner, Embarq Fight to Outlaw 100 Mbps Community Broadband in Wilson, NC
It reminds me of what Verizon did in PA when they got the legislature there to prohibit public WIFI networks from being built.
The FCC should make sure laws like these are squashed.
Internet and Wireless have added so much to our lives in recent years -- the ability to obtain and share information, the ability to communicate with others. And let's not forget all the jobs these industries have created in an otherwise bleak job environment. Why in the world would you penalize those who have made (and continue to make) this possible? And if you do penalize them, who in their right mind would ever ...more »
Julius, I've been told by reliable sources that you guys are actually reading all these notes, so I'd like to put this one directly to you. If you take valuable beach front spectrum away from the TV broadcasters and then just auction it all off to the highest bidder (AT&T, etc.) then that's just taking our problem out of the frying pan and throwing it into the fire. Out of one monopoly's hands, and into another. Let's ...more »
I hate to pull an Andy Rooney on this, but I just have to pose a few questions in this hot debate because the answers seem just so obvious. As it is today, we have more choices on wireless voice and data at lower prices than the rest of the world. Does that sound like a bad thing? The current environment has the biggest competitors competing as fiercely as ever and has equipment manufacturers in a rush to try and ...more »
It is absolutely necessary . . . absolutely essential . . . to be extremely wary of them BOTH!
A coherent, impactful and truly national broadband strategy will maximize the ability of innovators and entrepreneurs to invest and invent. Broadband markets are fundamentally working: infrastructure is being built in most areas, consumers are signing up for access, and Internet users are going where they want, when they want. The FCC has estimated that up to $350 billion more in infrastructure investment is needed ...more »
What is the internet? There seems to be some confusion depending on who you ask. Is it a service that a person or business provides at an expense of resources? Is it a universal communication method, replacing the older telephone and mail methods? Perhaps it's a gigantic marketplace, a hub of trading on an unimaginable scale? Whatever you believe the internet to be, it is undeniably the single most important tool ...more »
As a Web developer, Net neutrality is at the core of my business. As a free citizen of a free country Net neutrality is at the core of my beliefs. Many of the most inspirational success stories of the past 15 years, ranging from Amazon to Yahoo!, owe their existence to the opportunities made possible by a free and open Internet. This is how the American dream works in the 21st century. Innovation, free speech, and democracy ...more »
Internet is far too powerful to allow a Punch Drunk debate on it's Neutrality. Please allow control over the Internet to remain in the hands of its primary users. That being consumers, students, job seekers, small business owners, domestics, individuals making under 50K or 100K per year. All of these people are effected by Net Neutrality WORLDWIDE! DO NOT allow a handful of telephone, cable and media companies to determine ...more »
I would like to address the statement (time marker 2:35 - 3:04) in the Chairman's video clip on NPRM that FCC is looking for ways to make sure that the on-ramp to Internet is open and fair. Under the current business arrangements and service deployment models, the above is hard to realize. Not only there are just a few ASPs (Access Service Providers) connecting a consumer to the Internet, but also the physical setups ...more »
A NN does not mean that private broadband investment will stop or even slow for that matter. The computer field has always grown out of need, and not necessarily competition. In fact, when there is no longer a need to innovate the business's become stagnant. There are countless examples of this. The broadband companies know that they provide a valuable commodity. So how can they go around saying that private investments ...more »
I believe that a large sector of the economy will begin to focus around services related to the Internet. It is important for this medium to be conducive to competition and open to all. Net Neutrality does not stifle innovation, but rather promotes it.
How is this going to be paid for? Go read what they have to say... http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3458: This is good, well good to a point, still need to pay for enforcement. Remember our country is broke. I know, I say broke a lot, it sounds better than our country is in so much debt, that your unborn children owe the country 300 thousand dollars... So how to pay for this??? the other two ...more »
"if it ain't broke don't fix it"... Is an age-old saying that still holds true. The capitalist system continutes to work fine. Keep government regulations to the demonstrated necessary minimum and let good-old fashioned US competition take place.