Saturday, September 19, 2009

FCC to Unveil Open Internet Rules

You may remember that I am a long time supporter if Net Neutrality, and I have some good news.

lenovo-ideapad Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will unveil in a speech on Monday new proposals that would force Internet providers to treat the flow of content equally, sources familiar with the speech said on Friday.

The concept, referred to as net neutrality, pits open Internet companies like Google Inc against broadband service providers like AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, and Comcast Corp, which oppose new rules governing network management.

Advocates of net neutrality say Internet service providers must be barred from blocking or slowing traffic based on content.

Providers say the increasing volume of bandwidth-hogging services like video sharing requires active management of their networks and some argue that net neutrality could stifle innovation…

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Stifle innovation my litter box!  Providers want to make the Internet like pay-per-view TV to increase their profit.  They also want the ability to limit access to sites, like Politics Plus, whose views opposing their corporate policies, and those of their lackeys, mostly Republicans.  The Internet is one of the few places that common people have the same rights to express our views as giant corporations.  Here at PP, this is authentic grass roots.  I don’t get a penny for this.  The only people who have asked me to keep doing it are readers who like it here.  Although my perspective is definitely leftist, I’m in nobody’s pocket and call them as I see them, even if it means criticizing an ally.  I am not alone.  There are many sites like this out there.  Net Neutrality keeps us free.

PS – the pic is a computer just like mine.

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