a long history of
debate, Google and Verizon finally came to a basic
framework of proposed net neutrality policy. The policy
would look to regulate wired traffic, ensuring that "legal"
traffic was not slowed and that ISPs would not be able to charge
premiums for "speed lanes".The Federal
Communications Commission, which is currently in the process of
crafting net neutrality legislation to bring
before Congress, was surprisingly dismissive of the proposal
in a brief public comment.FCC Chairman Michael
Copps remarks [PDF],
"Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion
forward. That's one of its many problems. It is time to move a
decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over
broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and
forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the
interests of giant corporations."The comment raises
questions about exactly what kind of net neutrality "authority"
the FCC is seeking over the nation's ISPs and internet wires.
After all, the Google/Verizon proposal called for mild
FCC regulation and a fine architecture for those who don't
comply, with fines of up to $2M USD.It should be interesting
to see exactly what the FCC has in mind instead.The FCC
taking input from Google, Verizon, AT&T, Microsoft, and others in
the process of crafting its net neutrality legislation. It is
unclear when it will finish the draft of its legislation for
quote: It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations."
quote: that is just what i want.let us wait to see the rest and then decide if FCC is doing good or bad.Us consumers all need protection no matter what your political beliefs are.all of us pay bills so less bills is better for all.
quote: Unlike private industry whom we can easily change by voting with our $$ something we do much more effectively then when we vote at the polls.
quote: Your truly foolish if you think that Govt interference in a private sector will lower prices.
quote: Example. Comcast has internet, cable tv, and owns tv stations. Without laws they could slow down streaming video like Netflix or any other streaming site to make it so only low def videos are playable on their internet service and then make there website and videos play faster so that only their videos play in HD.
quote: I am younger than 35 and my generation doesn't have the contempt the older generation has for the government.
quote: We elect the people that you say screw everything up.
quote: This is exactly like internet service. My internet was down 2 weeks. I wanted to switch from comcast. Why didn't I? No options that were as fast. I only have 2 choice. Sounds like a monopoly to me.
quote: Postal Service. You really want to pay $11 to mail you letter. That is what Fedex charges for the same letter with same delivery time as USPS. Are we running this service at the cost we should?
quote: Without laws they could slow down streaming video like Netflix or any other streaming site to make it so only low def videos are playable on their internet service and then make there website and videos play faster so that only their videos play in HD.
quote: Normally people would get another service when their not happy with the one they hav but there aren't usually more than a few options in most areas unless your willing to a way slower service.
quote: Gay rights can be supported by many people because if a heterosexual couple has the right to get married, then why shouldn't a homosexual couple have that same right?
quote: If you want to really get Republicans back into a better position, wake up and focus on the issues, instead of letting your "morality" drive people away from the conservative fiscal policies that would help solve the problems in this country.
quote: Why can't the government and military just make their own equipment if they are being overcharged by the private sector?
quote: Republican candidate stepped forward who really was a SOCIAL moderate with a conservative fiscal outlook, that candidate would win a national election EASILY.
quote: He is very conservative.
quote: I'd say a body like the FCC whose only agenda is (supposedly) for the good of the people is preferable to some of the worlds biggest corporations whose business interests may very well be in conflict with some of the principles of net-neutrality.
quote: I would agree, even as conservative as I am, there is too much past history of monopolies (AT&T) and media (cable/telephone/internet) running monopolies on customers in certain geographic areas.
quote: I don't want the internet regulated (and I'm talking original constitution definition of regulation which is to make regular), I want the companies that provide the internet to be regulated so they don't screw customers for profit while never upgrading the infrastructure (or doing so at snails pace).
quote: I would actually like to see ISP's...shock...COMPETE for the business of customers.
quote: "The Commission, under Title I of the Communications Act, has the ability to adopt and enforce the net neutrality principles it announced in the Internet Policy Statement. The Supreme Court reaffirmed that the Commission “has jurisdiction to impose additional regulatory obligations under its Title I ancillary jurisdiction to regulate interstate and foreign communications.” Indeed, the Supreme Court specifically recognized the Commission’s ancillary jurisdiction to impose regulatory obligations on broadband Internet access providers." (From Broadband Deployment Notice of Inquiry - April 16, 2007)