Monday, April 12, 2010

An Internet for Everybody

An Internet for Everybody
The FCC can regain its authority to pursue both Network Neutrality and widespread access to broadband by formally relabeling Internet access services as "telecom services," rather than "information services," as they are called now. All the commission needs to do is prove it has a good reason.
Susan Crawford, New York Times

The FCC Must Act Quickly to Regulate Broadband Companies
A recent federal court ruling suggested that the FCC cannot currently prevent Internet service providers from controlling the digital world's vital pathways. The FCC and Congress must act quickly to remedy the situation.
Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times

Comcast Didn't Kill Net Neutrality
Although a federal court of appeals said that the FCC wasn't justified when it censured Comcast back in 2008 for blocking peer-to-peer files, the consensus is that regulations guaranteeing Net Neutrality will survive, and that the FCC will likely begin a proceeding to solidify its authority by reclassifying Internet access.
Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOM

What's Next for Net Neutrality?
Where will the FCC go from here? Most agree that the agency will try to reclassify broadband as a Title II communications service, which will give the agency broader authority over the industry. Some say that Congress will eventually need to get involved to rewrite the 1996 Telecom Act to better reflect Web technologies.
Kim Hart, The Hill

How the FCC Can Ensure Net Neutrality
Will the recent federal appeals court decision that the FCC lacks jurisdiction over telco Internet access offerings ensure the passage of Net Neutrality?
Johna Till Johnson, Network World

Net Neutrality Is Not Gone Yet
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of Big Cable. In the case of Comcast v. FCC, the court held that the FCC did not have the jurisdiction to regulate Comcast's network practices. But it's not time to panic.
Zach Pentel,

Keep the Internet Fair and Free
Net Neutrality means that cable companies would have to treat all Internet traffic equally. Internet providers shouldn't selectively slow down certain traffic, whether to better manage the flow, as Comcast claims, or to stifle competition, as many fear.
Albany Times-Union

Protect Net Neutrality
There should not be fast lanes and slow lanes on the Internet. But that could be the result of a federal court ruling that invalidated a Net Neutrality order issued by the FCC. The ruling means the FCC will have to find a new source of authority to regulate the Internet.
St. Petersburg Times

Once-Blocked User Urges Net Neutrality
If you want the Internet to stay as free and open and fascinating as it seems today, you may want to take the time to listen to Robb Topolski, a former Intel engineer, who was blocked by Comcast from using BitTorrent and other file-sharing sites.
Jeff Gelles, Philadelphia Inquirer

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