Net Neutrality Links
I’m adding this link to the Net Neutrality Page.
Can Citizen Journalism Save the Internet? Does it Need to?
ItÃ¢â¬â¢s pretty clear that we DONÃ¢â¬â¢T have a problem with content-based Internet blocking in the US today. That doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t mean that we wonÃ¢â¬â¢t tomorrow. Ã¢â¬ÅThe price of liberty is eternal vigilance.Ã¢â¬Â But thatÃ¢â¬â¢s not what this post about.
We MAY have a problem with commercially-motivated blocking. At&t CEO Ed Whitacre has been clear that he considers parts of the Internet Ã¢â¬Åmy pipesÃ¢â¬Â and that he believes at&t has a commercial right to charge information providers differentially for use of the pipes that we and the information providers believe are already paying for once.
Other telco execs have echoed this view.
Legislation requiring net neutrality has been proposed but may not be a good idea. It is very difficult to define the concept and enforcement itself might be a dangerous government intrusion.
But how do we avoid the need for neutrality legislation? How do we know if legislation has become the lesser of two evils? ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s where citizen journalism comes in.
Tom Evslin offers a process in which citizen journalists invesitgate and report — in real time and large numbers — instances of packet discrimination on the Internet.
Want to know what you can do?
MA Bell Monopoly Versus the Free Internet Ã¢â¬â Tell the FCC Net Neutrality Is Not Negotiable
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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