Net Neutrality Links
I’ve added these links to the Net Neutrality Page today.
We’ve corresponded in the past about our respective blogs.
Just had a thought that I wanted to share with you: What if the real reason that Google is vying against the ISPs on network neutrality is that it wants to leverage those super-powered hardware boxes it has been dropping into its dark fiber for the past few years as accelerators for paying customers? Similar to what Akamai is already doing…
For people who innovate in the area of technology and those who enjoy those innovations, this free and open access to the internet has been a boon. New applications are being developed every hour and are able to be instantly distributed on the web. These new applications coupled with new content, such as broadband television, have the potential to offer a new array of choices to consumers.
Unfortunately, some telecommunications companies have a different vision for the internet. They have floated the idea of charging websites for access. Those who pay will get faster and more reliable delivery of their content to web surfers. Those who do not will see the delivery of their content degraded.
In the interests of openness, I frankly acknowledge that I am a recent convert to this point of view. A few years ago, I publicly expressed my view that regulation to stop impediments to net neutrality was a solution in search of a problem. At that point, I was aware of no telecommunications company that had expressed a desire to do so. That has clearly changed. — John Conyers
Columbia University law professor Tim Wu coined the term Ã¢â¬Ånet neutralityÃ¢â¬? in a paper he published in the Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law. The paper is an interesting read because itÃ¢â¬â¢s sharply opposed to the regulations adopted by the House Judiciary Committee this week, so IÃ¢â¬â¢d encourage anyone who wants to have a neutral Internet to go read it. Some of WuÃ¢â¬â¢s more interesting observations follow.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
NET NEUTRALITY PAGE