The Internet is free and open infrastructure that provides almost unlimited support for free speech, free enterprise and free assembly. Nothing in human history, with the possible exception of movable type -- has done more to encourage all those freedoms. We need to be very careful about how we regulate it, especially since it bears only superficial resemblances to the many well-regulated forms of infrastructure it alters ...more »
I also remember the head of the Patent Office wanted to close Patents in the 1890's because "anything of value has been invented already." Typical governmental bureaucratic short-sightedness that stymies growth and opportunity. And we don't need the government doing this for free expression of data, information, ideas and thought, and the expression thereof.
Lance M Hillier Sr
De Leon, TX
There was a time, in the wake of the supreme court's carterfone ruling in 1968, when suddenly, people could hook any devices they wanted to up to the phone network. The phone companies hated this so much because they wanted the ability to charge additional monthly fees for every single little thing that anybody could do on the phone system. fees for voice messages. fees to have a touchtone phone. extremely high fees ...more »
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 »
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 »