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>FCC Chief ‘Boldly’ Commits to Net Neutrality

09/23/2009

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The fight for Net Neutrality took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet.


In a speech at the Brookings Institution, Julius Genachowski said the FCC must be a “smart cop on the beat” preserving Net Neutrality against increased efforts by providers to block services and applications over both wired and wireless connections.

Genachowski’s speech comes as a breath of fresh air in a Washington policy environment that has long stagnated under the influence of a powerful phone and cable lobby.

“If we wait too long to preserve a free and open Internet, it will be too late,” Genachowski said citing a number of recent examples where network providers have acted as gatekeepers:

We have witnessed certain broadband providers unilaterally block access to VoIP applications (phone calls delivered over data networks) and implement technical measures that degrade the performance of peer-to-peer software distributing lawful content. We have even seen at least one service provider deny users access to political content.
A Call for Wired and Wireless Neutrality
The agency has earlier noted concerns about the blocking of applications and services on new handheld Internet devices such as the iPhone. :::MORE HERE:::
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  1. 09/23/2009 8:12 PM

    >"The fight for Net Neutrality took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet."I ask… What rules? Ever play 3 card Monty? Agitate? Victory? I think I missed something.Anyway, there is a LOT more going here IMHO. Genachowski is an old school chum of Obama, who is trying to shut down any dissent, or challenge to his "authority" – THAT is what worries me. As for web surveillance… nothing is going to stop that. It part of life now. Like cell phone SELF surveillance. However, we have a say on what can be done with that info!I just feel that opening this door will be the beginning of the end for a free speech internet. The I-Patriot act will soon follow. (after a terrorist hacking of course)

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