Net Neutrality Links
I’ve added these links to the Net Neutrality Page today.
Congress is considering several competing pieces of legislation. One bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas), embodies the phone company view, while another bill recently introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R., Wisc.) supports net neutrality. Both the House and Senate will hold hearings this week.
The Wall Street Journal Online invited Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and a net neutrality proponent, and former White House spokesman Mike McCurry, who heads a phone industry group, to debate the issue. Their exchange, carried out by email, is below.
This article will introduce the concept of Network Neutrality for business and technical managers. It will survey some of the published viewpoints on Net Neutrality, both for and against, and will begin delving into the potential impact on enterprise business. LetÃ¢â¬â¢s begin with background information and published opinions from the Web on the subject. Although not quoted in their entirety, the articles are extensively hyperlinked to ease further research into the discussion.
Nationally there seem to be two prevailing approaches to Net Neutrality:
1. Push for legislation in Congress to give the federal government control over Net Neutrality
2. Let the FCC handle Net Neutrality and then when a telco violates Net Neutrality we let the courts sort it out.
I donÃ¢â¬â¢t like either of these approaches.
I favor the approach of using the Cable TV franchise application process to express our concerns to the telcos and to let them know as consumers that if they donÃ¢â¬â¢t promise to uphold the tenets of Net Neutrality then we will choose not to do business with them. And when I say Ã¢â¬Åas consumersÃ¢â¬? I mean as communities, whether at the town level or the state level.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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