The Good Ole Days: The first economy had less of a pack animal inclination and more of a Jeffersonian feel. If you didn’t happen to be mom, it was a 4 hour hunter gatherer gig followed by hard cider, procreation or some other joyous distraction in a big and engaging world. Commiseration: Then came agriculture. 99% of people worked to exhaustion and often there wasn’t enough to eat. It was crowd control but we felt ...more »
The Open Internet & Innovation
With Media Consolidiation (ie the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC/Universal), Net Neutrality has never been more important. Those who control the networks will leverage their overwhelming market power in the distribution of content, to the detriment of users, competition, customers, and innovative entrepreneurs. Net Neutrality assures a competitive landscape for all, without favoring those who obtain an artificial ...more »
It should be a simple matter of passing and enforcing a strong Network Neutrality Rule. Make all providers equal; that is fair and protects us all. The big corporations, with at&t as a recognizable example, must not be given the power to squeeze content providers and favor their content by excluding or downgrading the content of others. Competition is the rule to follow, which in this case means to compete on a basis ...more »
Net Neutrality is inherently paradoxical; it imposes new government over an already self-sustaining system. I find these rules unnecessary much in the way I would say the FCC is largely unnecessary to spectrum regulation. The FCC we have today was empowered to annex, license and govern all spectrum, at a time when the broadcast market was learning to regulate itself via the courts under common property law principles. ...more »
It needs to be determined how the Internet backbone came to be privatized in the first place, and these processes should be noted, reversed, and outlawed. It is infuriating to see this product of American ingenuity, born out of our military, our universities, our tax dollars, be turned over to private corporations so that they can then become the gatekeepers of the Internet. The reason the Internet flourished was the ...more »
Without Network Neutrality the Internet in America will become decisively channelized. To whomever owns the channel will go the right to define what is seen, heard and very nearly thought downstream. The very nature of connectivity for many Americans will create a market place that stifles innovative and new firms by creating a market closed to many firms at the whim of communications providers.
TV and Radio as we know it are ancient technologies that waste huge portions of spectrum and only empower the most wealthy station owners. I say we take back all of the bandwidth used to bequeath large portions of broadcast spectrum to private ownership. Instead, all that bandwidth should be used for completely neutral multi-way internet infrastructure. If one of the "tv" or "radio" stations that used to broadcast ...more »
Allowing your ISP to control and limit access to certain sites or protocols would stifle conversation on forums, limit the distribution of private works outside of the traditional media channels, and create new definitions for "internet access". If I can access only certain protocols on a tiered internet plan, how would such a plan be marketed? If it's filtered or restricted, it's clearly not internet access, it would ...more »
The FCC Is Requesting your Input FCC Seeks Public's Help in Reform Effort FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski explains the FCC's new Web site -- Reboot.FCC.gov -- in this video. Click here to watch in its entirety. According to its chairman, the Federal Communications Commission wants to change the way it is seen by the American public. In order to further that effort, on January 7, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski ...more »
The internet was invented by the U.S. government, now we lag behind many countries in speeds. Why? Well for starters the Comcasts, the Verizons are more worried about CEO compensation than investing improving there product. The internet is essential to our further development as a Nation, the outspoken opposition are likely not listening to the people and acting on behalf of corporate lobbyists. Look who benefits from ...more »
Please pass net neutrality rules.
Disney Pulls ABC From Cablevision After Deal Fails By BRIAN STELTER AND BROOKS BARNES Updated at 4:15 p.m. Sunday Cablevision and The Walt Disney Company traded barbs Sunday after WABC was removed from the company’s cable television line-ups, a consequence of a failed contract negotiation.... --New York Times, March 7, 2010 --- What the government should do, and nothing more, and nothing less, is just make sure every ...more »
I'm a high school student. I care about Net Neutrality. Why? Because my generation is going to run this country in 10 years. All the creativity on the web comes from young minds like ours. The executives that run the companies that control these "pipes" don't understand what the internet truly is to us. They didn't grow up with it, but they still feel entitled to "owning it". The internet is a collaborative effort. Don't ...more »
If the major ISPs succeed in bullying the FCC into allowing them to dictate terms regarding what happens on the 'net, new companies will form to offer access that is free of restrictions. As soon as this type of access becomes available again, users will leave the restrictive ISPs in droves. Serves 'em right!
Now before anyone disliking regulations criticizes this idea and votes it down -- I'll say I agree in principle that there should never be over regulation but markets can't govern themselves completely -- under regulations are just as bad as over regulating. Before Bush & Cheney were in the White House we had 30 + years of common sense, pro consumer, pro competitive Internet regulations banning mega mergers between big ...more »