The Open Internet & Innovation

The Net: Free infrastructure for speech, enterprise and assembly

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 »

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Reasonable Network Management

Unlimited Internet - the foundation of growth

Fixed ISPs should not be allowed to charge based on usage, only on speed. Usage based ISPs only hinder internet company growth and technological progress. They create fear in the user that they might "overuse" their internet or do something that may cause their bill to rise. Unlimited internet providers, on the other hand, offer freedom, and the opportunity for capitalism to reign over the net.

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The Open Internet & Public Engagement

The Open Internet, Our Last Bastion...

The internet should remain an open system accessible by all and controlled by no-one. It should be accessible by all in both directions—both to consumers of content and to content providers. The internet should not become the property only of those with the financial resources or political power to inflict their will and viewpoint on others. The internet is too critical to our freedom of assembly, freedom of speech ...more »

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The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

A Simple Principle for All Information Couriers

This is a portion of a much larger document that I wrote as a letter to all citizens. The time for we the people to band together and protect our right to free speech far into the future is now. We must demand and pass into legislation that any company or entity which transmits or transports information shall not alter or deny their services based on the source or the receiver. This simple principle should only be redressed ...more »

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Application of the Principles to Mobile Broadband

Don't let commercial interests make a grab for WIFI frequencies

WIFI should remain open, especially in public spaces, because it was meant for information infrastructure, not to be used as an income source for cable and phone companies. Cable and phone companies have been preventing municipalities all around the country from putting up big public wifi systems through lobbying. they instead have been putting up their own garden walled wifi networks that require users to be a subscriber ...more »

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The Open Internet & the Freedom of Speech

Hold a public vote for THE PEOPLE OF THE USA

The Montecilo MN (ArsTechnica http://bit.ly/3pEB75) case is a resounding example of the greed of the current service providers. Hold a referendum in every town in America to see if they want faster reliable service! Every Americain who is going to be affected should have a right to vote on this issue. We were able to spend our own money to sponsor our current president so why not decide to foot our own bill for a vote ...more »

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The Open Internet & Innovation

We need net neutrality so this kind of garbage doesn't happen.

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 »

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The Open Internet & Public Engagement

The utopia of net neutrality is an impossible goal to obtain.

Net neutrality is a perfect situation which will not be achievable. Sorry but there is no utopian ideal solution. The internet is like a lot of roadways and you have to allow authorities like the FCC and internet service providers to perform throttling, limits on total bandwidth use and modifications based upon access and ability to pay for excessive speeds so that the net can conduct its business reliably for the most ...more »

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Application of the Principles to Mobile Broadband

No Closed WIFI

Cable and Phone companies around the country are trying to hijack public wifi frequencies for their own profit. As part of net neutrality rules, no public wifi should be closed to the public. There should be no passwords and no "terms and conditions" to utilize what is part of public airwaves. Open standards and open networks are necessary if we are to have innovation, and to have a large swath of public wifi space ...more »

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