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!
"if it ain't broke don't fix it"... Is an age-old saying that still holds true. The capitalist system continutes to work fine. Keep government regulations to the demonstrated necessary minimum and let good-old fashioned US competition take place.
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.
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.
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.
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There were a lot of ideas that seemed to me very similar to the way network operators were thinking, pre-internet-era. The current internet has become too polluted by large corporate stakeholders who have their own selfish... more »
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 »
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
Please allow control over the Internet to remain in the hands of its primary users. That being consumers, students, job seekers, small business owners, domestics, individuals making under 50K or 100K per year. All of these people are effected by Net Neutrality WORLDWIDE! DO NOT allow a handful of telephone, cable and media companies to determine... more »
Innovation, free speech, and democracy... more »