Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and National Security

Questions about the best approach to lawful content

I would ask that people refrain from discussing the necessity for net neutrality there are many other threads for that. Also, i believe that there are times and places for skepticism; but now is the time we sit down ignore our differences for a common good.


The thing that is of concern to me: a line from chairman Genachowski recent press release:


"...This means they cannot block or degrade lawful traffic over their networks"


This seems at odds with the basic principle of network neutrality. Which is to treat data uniformly. Also, it just leave a loophole to the Providers. Now, most content is legal but there are fringe elements between lawful and unlawful. Understandably, most P2P content is illegal but how will this be determined. And will law enforcement be forced to monitor internet traffic more closely. Also, what will that mean to the future of privacy techniques such as VPN's. VPN's are generally considered very difficult to break if not impossible. In the future, will this be considered dangerous or a hindrance to networks.


The statement also includes devices that "do no harm to the network". Does that mean our phones will no longer have to be application locked.


My questions are as follow:


How the data will be monitored? Will we trust Telecom to police our data or will it fall in the hands of law enforcement?


What set of rules will harm or illegality be determined? Are current law's sufficient?


There a varies techniques to circumventing data surveillance will these practices become illegal under the purposed rules? Will this degrade things like online shopping?


Finally, will phones no longer be required to be application locked(jailed) to a certain Provider? Will this adversely effect cellphone carriers? Is the long term gain worth the short term angst?


All of these are concerns that the FCC should address when formalizing rules. I welcome all idea's and comments on the subject maybe together we can figure it out :)



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Idea No. 104