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In Support of Net Neutrality

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/23/17 (8:51pm)

I used the "Express Comment" form provided by the FCC to file my opinion regarding the proposed move by the FCC Chair to end Net Neutrality (17-108, "Restoring Internet Freedom" [sic]):

"Net Neutrality is the modern equivalent of free speech. Carriers are utilities and cannot decide (or favor) specific communications. I already pay more for streaming content AS streaming content. Giving one source any kind of advantage, be it financial or through faster connectivity, is to deny me my right for equal access to _all_ content." #SaveNetNeutrality

No Dear, ISPs Are Not Websites

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 4/5/17 (10:19am)

Snider, Mike: "ISPs Can Now Collect and Sell Your Data: What to Know About Internet Privacy Rules", USA Today (4/4/2017).

So here's an analogy: if 50 years ago AT&T (or whatever they called themselves back then) had kept records of all your phone calls and then started selling that information to the highest bidder -- would they have gotten away with it? I don't think so. (In fact, interesting research topic.)

ISPs are not websites. They're governed by different rules, regulated by different agencies and golly-molly, ya just can't get on the internet without them. That makes them a utility and frankly, there's no similarity to Facebook, Google, etc.

But, hey, we're living in a free country! There's nothing keeping those ISPs from setting up their own groovy websites so they can take advantage of the same benefits. Problem solved!

Rumors of the Web's Demise are Greatly Exaggerated

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/23/10 (12:10pm)

The NYT OpEd "The Death of the Open Web" by Virginia Heffernan is making the rounds.

I just wish that in order to get published in the NYT, you actually had to have some insight into the subject you're talking about. I bring this up because all that's in evidence in Heffernan's piece is an assumption for some reason that the current state of affairs where companies like Apple serve as gatekeepers through their AppStores and subscription firewalls -- that this state of affairs not only will endure but will become the rule for online communication.

Of course, in order to make this assumption, you need to completely ignore what's been going on for 30 years or more. You also need to ignore what motivates people and instead assume that an environment where they're treated essentially as classic "consumers" is likely to be more successful than one where they can pretty much do whatever they want.

Of course, you can also look out the window in December and assume it'll snow all year, but that doesn't entitle you to write articles on meteorology for the New York Times -- at least I thought.

Is a 'closed web' likely to become the way of the future? About as likely as companies like CompuServe and AOL making a come-back.

It's the Internet Stupid!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 6/9/09 (9:23am)

The FCC has been charged by Congress to come up with a plan to provide high-speed Internet access to all Americans. A group of Internet luminaries, including everyone from Vint Cerf to Larry Lessig, has come together to remind the FCC that what counts ultimately isn't the speed of the connection but what it connects to.

They've set up a site, appropriately named, 'ItsTheInternetStupid.com' where you can read what they've submitted and even add your endorsement.

Good News for Net Neutrality

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 11/16/08 (9:47pm)

Net Advocate and UMICH Don Susan Crawford has been named a "FCC Review Team Lead" by the incoming Obama-Biden Administration. Maybe the 'Net has a future after all...

[h/t TechPresident]

Internet Hell

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/22/07 (11:30pm)

Courtesy of Susan Crawford:

Non-neutrality ... serves the interests of those who would like (more generally) to see the internet morphed into something much more akin to the current wireless model here in the US: a fully-monetized network, permitting use of particular applications that share their revenues with the network access provider. (This network would not be the same thing as the internet.)

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Happy Birthday: SaveTheInternet.com

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 4/26/07 (7:54pm)

SavetheInternet.com celebrates its first birthday:

Backed by growing support on Capitol Hill and at the grassroots, the SavetheInternet.com Coalition marked its first anniversary today by renewing its call to make Net Neutrality the law of the land. The campaign was praised by leaders in Washington, who pledged to carry on the fight for Internet freedom in the halls of Congress.

When Is TV Not TV? (When It's IPTV!)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/30/06 (1:16pm)

AT&T - Your world. Our Restrictions.In order to get its proposed merger with Bell South approved by the FCC, AT&T has agreed to abide by Net Neutrality at least for its DSL service. Initial reaction to this was largely positive echoing the conclusion of Tim Wu:

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