Feb 7, 2006

Net Neutrality Week


Public Knowledge is close to declaring it Net Neutrality week. They have some great resources delineating what it is, why it's important and why this is not a solution looking for a problem. I encourage anyone who loves and/or uses the internet to peruse the materials (that's all of you or you wouldn't be here).

Of particular note (aside from the Senate hearing today and the other blog and press discussion) is PK's whitepaper Good Fences Make Bad Broadband.

An excerpt:
The genius of the Internet is its promise of unlimited accessibility. With very limited exceptions, any consumer with an Internet connection and a computer can visit any web site, attach any device, post any content, and provide any service.

While the openness of the Internet is universally praised, it is no longer guaranteed, at least for broadband services. Recent Supreme Court and FCC rulings define broadband networks as unregulated “information services,” which means that the operators of broadband networks are no longer under any legal obligation to keep their networks open to all Internet content, services and equipment.

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