Internet Infrastructure Companies Oppose Net Neutrality
May 18, 2006 1:02 AM
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Thirty-four of the most well known names in network hardware make their stance known
It appears that everyone has chosen a side in the
network neutrality battle
currently raging on in Washington
. This time around, 34 companies have sent a letter to Congress stating their opposition that mentions all the companies are against net neutrality laws.
CNET has an excerpt from the letter
, citing "It is premature to attempt to enact some sort of network neutrality principles into law now." CNET claims some of the companies that signed the letter include 3M, Cisco, Corning and Qualcomm.
Net neutrality circles around the thought that network providers should be neutral with their services, so that no one should care what data is being transmitted over the Internet. Companies like Yahoo, Microsoft and Google are supporting net neutrality. Several major ISPs have claimed that they will not censor web sites or block traffic.
On the other hand, other ISPs claim several networks use too much traffic, and that they have the right to filter, censor or simply deny the right for networks to communicate.
Of the 34 companies who signed the letter sent to congress, Cisco appears to be the most spoken of the group. Earlier this week, Cisco wrote a corporate blog about
the company's position on Net Neutrality
, claiming "Broadband Internet access service providers should remain free to engage in pro-competitive network management techniques to alleviate congestion, ameliorate capacity constraints, and enable new services." The company argues that legislation should only be enabled if there are no other possibilities.
Cisco, like many of the other companies that signed the letter, also have a bit of a vested interest in keeping Net Neutrality from becoming a law. Not only does Cisco manufacture devices that filter and manipulate Internet traffic, but if networks do become fractured it would be very logical to conclude ISPs will need a lot more hardware to keep the networks running.
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5/18/2006 12:58:25 PM
As much as I don't like the the law it is not unconstitutional in any way. First no sites are blocked they are meterer lower so other site have more bandwith and faster access. Alos it have notthing to do with your delivery man taking out articles. It alot more liek the paper you buy still the artilce on the front page on the back. And guess what they already do that. I against becuase the major player can buy the bandwith and limit the little guys. So google sites come up nice and fast me my limit search site takes longer to render. I for it for when everyone of my segement is Downloading pron during peak hours and I can't even get me email. I got nothing against porn, but you DL at night like I do. :)
5/18/2006 5:04:27 PM
You're only thinking of half the net neutrality debate. One half of it is that ISPs want to be able to decide who gets what level of service and access(tier-level). Corporations paying big bucks will get the global service while meager joes will get the frog pond service.
The other half is that they also want to choose which other "networks" they allow their users to connect with("networks" could be other ISPs, could be a domain host, etc. Network is a very very broad term).
Now that you understand the whole debate, because of the fact they can deny access to sites they deem as a "network" this totally violates constitutional rights.
"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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