Net Neutrality Articles

When Good Companies Go Public

This is what happens when good companies go public: the principles that made them good, even necessary, to the point of inspiring a romantic loyalty among their customers, are whittled away at until only those principles which are profitable remain. If it’s true that Google is reconsidering its view of Network Neutrality, let it be said that this is the reason why.

Google says it’s not true, by the way, but we’ll get to that later. This is an exploration of what could happen, a seemingly very likely ethical pickle the search company could find itself in down the road.

FCC’s AT&T Concession Just Smoke and Mirrors?

The Center for Digital Democracy is decrying how excitement caused by Net Neutrality language being worked into the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of the AT&T/Bell South merger overshadowed another decision by the FCC showing favoritism to the telecommunications industry over local governments and communities.

Net Neutrality Bill Reaches Senate, YouTube

The Net Neutrality debate is now front and center in the US Senate (well, when their not talking about Iraq) as Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduce the Internet Freedom Preservation Act. Dorgan didn’t stop with the floor of the Senate, he also took his case to YouTube.

AT&T Crying Uncle Is Kinda Sorta A Milestone

The biggest merger in telecommunications history was approved quietly at the end of the news day Thursday just before the world stopped caring for a few days. Gerald Ford and James Brown are dead, a new year is upon us, and AT&T was forced to admit there is such a thing as Network Neutrality.

What An Un-Neutral Net Means To You

The Center for Digital Democracy has put together an elegant explanation of the heightening battle between the telecommunications industry and everybody else that uses the Internet. A lengthy read (for an Internet article), the CDD has outlined what the telcos aim to accomplish and how it affects everything in the future.

To Kill An Internet…

The concept of consequences associated with an Internet that is not neutral has been scattered and nebulous, difficult for the layman (and, unfortunately, Congressman) to understand why it matters, and proof of concept has been rare or insignificant. Thanks to the Pirate Bay and a Swedish ISP, that proof of concept may be before us.

FTC Goes To The Public On Net Neutrality

What was pretty much a non-issue less than a year ago has the Federal Trade Commission scratching its head and asking for guidance – finally. The FTC announced it would be hosting a public workshop on “Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy” in Washington, DC in February.

A Plea: Don’t Overthrow King Content

Traditional media powerhouses, who spent the better part of the 20th Century perfecting content production and distribution, will have to change everything or risk being left behind. But there are some old-world moves, according to Bear Sterns, that will keep them afloat in a world to be ruled by Google and Yahoo.

Net Neutrality Goes Stateside

Spirited by the national elections, where Democrat victories are thought to be a major boon to Net Neutrality, the SaveTheInternet.com coalition, with the help of Google, are taking their cause state level. Yesterday, as Michigan’s state legislature was preparing to sail a local cable bill through, neutral Internet proponents laid their concerns on the steps of the Capitol.

Democrat Sweep Good News For Net Neutrality

Whether the Network Neutrality debate is officially settled amongst charged, polarized stakeholders is an issue that will be tabled for the moment. Until this week, the issue was bottled up in a Republican-controlled Congress, as Democrats met defeat in both committee and the House floor. But a sweeping left-wing victory may change that.

Stevens’ Net Neutrality Poll Down The Tubes
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Ted Stevens thinks we’re stupid. Trying to put this Net Neutrality debate to rest in the Senate, Stevens (R-AK) distributed the results of a “bipartisan” poll indicating that the vast majority of Americans would rather watch more TV than have a neutral Internet.

Net Neutrality Wins More Senators
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The Net Neutrality movement is gaining support among U.S. senators. At the close of the August recess, the SaveTheInternet.com coalition added four previously uncommitted legislators to the cause.

Canadians Consider Web Content Block

A neo-Nazi activist’s call for violence of a Canadian lawyer on his Blogspot blog and his Website prompted that lawyer and others to request Canadian regulators to authorize ISPs to block Internet content.

Comcast Cohen-cidence? I Think Not
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Comcast veep and “uber-lobbyist” David Cohen provided a saber-rattling editorial to The Mercury News reminding the pro-Net Neutrality ilk that the sky’s not really falling without regulation. But if there is legislation passed to protect it, they can expect people to die, kids to be exposed to porn, the Internet industry to crash, and Bill Murray’s prophecy of cats and dogs living together to be fulfilled.

Ted Stevens Tries To Pull a Fast One
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Senator Ted Stevens may not have a grasp on how, exactly, the Internet works, but the veteran politician could teach Congressional rookies a thing or too about getting your way in Washington. Net Neutrality supporters are hitting the phones trying to prevent Stevens from orchestrating a backdoor vote.

WWJD About Net Neutrality?

A fascinating aspect of the Net Neutrality debate is the lack of traditional polarization. It’s not a tug-of-war between the politically opposed, but a soundproofed room behind marble walls. The majority party can’t hear their base, and the Christian Coalition is hoping to pray their way in.

Sen. Stevens and Net Neutrality

It’s scary when the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation-the committee with oversight of telecommunications, the committee that is addressing the Net neutrality question-displays a remarkable degree of ignorance about the nature of the Net itself.

Wyden Confronts Senate On Net Neutrality

The Net Neutrality debate hit the floor of the United States Senate today as Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) made an impassioned plea for Net Neutrality protection, promising to use all means necessary to block Sen. Ted Stevens’ telecommunications bill unless it expressly forbade Internet discrimination.

MySpace Undeletes Ted Stevens Spoof

MySpace has lots of rules for its members. There’s no nudity allowed. Nor does the site tolerate copyright and trademark infringement or deceptive advertising. And for a minute there, it appeared MySpace members were also not allowed to make fun of Senator Ted Stevens.

Net Neutrality, Meet Jon Stewart

What does it take to for Net Neutrality to get national television coverage? It takes an asinine explanation of the Internet by the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. Was this picked up on NBC, Fox, CNN or another major news network? Nope. Comedy Central.

Ted Stevens Gets ‘An Internet’

The Net Neutrality debate got a little comic relief last week after an impassioned speech by Senator Ted Stevens against legislating certain limitations on broadband providers. Stevens, who is most famous for his “Bridge To Nowhere” grandstanding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina budgeting, voiced disappointment over the delay in receiving “an internet” from his staff.