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Understanding Net Neutrality June 26, 2006 7:49 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Technology, Touchy Subjects
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I posted a link called Understanding Net Neutrality which presented a video in favor of net neutrality. A commenter pointed to a video against net neutrality. Both videos seemed to leave out critical information in my mind. Tom Maszerowski point us to Larry Lessig who links us to a must watch video by Tim Berners-Lee. The summary:

Net neutrality is this:

If I pay to connect to the Net with a certain quality of service, and you pay to connect with that or greater quality of service, then we can communicate at that level.

That’s all. Its up to the ISPs to make sure they interoperate so that that happens.

Net Neutrality is NOT asking for the internet for free.

Net Neutrality is NOT saying that one shouldn’t pay more money for high quality of service. We always have, and we always will.

Be politically active in your life. There is time for a simple phone call or email. Contact your representative frequently!

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[...] Kudos to efnet’s #coldfusion’s MacGeorge for writing his representative regarding net neutrality and bigger kudos to Tammy Baldwin for responding! I strongly support network neutrality, the guiding principle which ensures that the Internet remains open to all and guarantees everyone equal access. … …I am a cosponsor of the Network Neutrality Act, H.R. 5273. This bill clearly defines U.S. telecommunication policy to include the preservation of the freedom to use broadband telecommunications networks, including the Internet, without interference from network operators. Specifically, it outlines responsibilities of network providers to ensure that the Internet remains open and available to everyone. … Sincerely, Tammy Baldwin Member of Congress [...]