From my slight travels of the world, I feel that the US has a very free and open and available internet infrastructure right now. Other places have higher speeds, but internet access is incredibly easy to come by in this country and highly used by the educated public. This is why it needs protection from the companies like Comcast that are currently monopolizing our access to the internet. The US could have some of ...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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Stand up for the public interest, promote democracy online by protecting Net Neutrality which benefits independent labels, independent musicians and the American public. Stop Internet censorship by American ISPs and ensure no lawful content can be discriminated against on the Web by big ISPs that includes AT&T blocking Skype and Vonage iPhone applications from their wireless EDGE and 3G networks due to competitive reasons. ...more »