Net Neutrality Links
I’ve added these links to the Net Neutrality Page today.
Coming Soon: The Web Toll from Popular Science;
Ã¢â¬ÅWelcome to the brave new Web, brought to you by Verizon, Bell South, AT&T and the other telecommunications giants (including PopSciÃ¢â¬â¢s parent company, Time Warner) that are now lobbying Congress to block laws that would prevent a two-tiered Internet, with a fast lane for Web sites able to afford it and a slow lane for everyone else.Ã¢â¬Â¿
In a thought process straight from Ã¢â¬Åthe tunnelÃ¢â¬Â¿ Christopher Yoo, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, argues that Ã¢â¬Åconsumers should be willing to pay for faster delivery of content on the Internet, just as many FedEx customers willingly shell out extra for overnight delivery. Ã¢â¬ËA regulatory approach that allows companies to pursue a strategy like FedExÃ¢â¬â¢s makes sense,Ã¢â¬â¢ he says.Ã¢â¬Â¿ Of course he, along with so many others, have yet to answer the Ã¢â¬ÅchargesÃ¢â¬Â¿ that the consumer HAS ALREADY PAID!!!
Adam Cohen drinks the Kool Aid
The New York Times isnÃ¢â¬â¢t what it used to be. Rocked by scandal over the made-up reporting of Jayson Blair, torn apart by the dramatic ouster of Howell Raines, and shaken-up by Judith MillerÃ¢â¬â¢s megaphoning the Bush AdministrationÃ¢â¬â¢s fantasies about IraqÃ¢â¬â¢s nuclear program, it increasingly relies on sensationalized, drama-queen reporting and opinion to hold on to a piece of market share. The most recent example of the TimesÃ¢â¬â¢ descent into rank hysteria is a column today by Adam Cohen on the pending destruction of the World Wide Web:
Save Free Speech on the Web from Corporate Greed
And here in America, the greed of the big corporations is just as likely to stifle true democracy and freedom as it is to encourage it. As has been pointed out, for example, a free press is only free to those who can afford to own the press. We’ve all witnessed the growing lack of diversity of opinion in the broadcast media, where one or two large corporations, like Channel One, have bought up most of the smaller, once independent radio stations across the nation. Local programming has fallen and so has the rich mix of different voices and divergent opinions that was once the hallmark of local radio.
Now, the Internet also is being threatened, as this article in today’s New York Times shows. The telecommunications conglomerates want to start charging fees for use of the Web. By charging fees, they would be creating a tiered system that would favor large commercial sites that could afford steep fees while marginalizing smaller, independent sites. Those who couldn’t afford the pricey fees would have access only to lower speeds or perhaps no access at all.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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