The term net neutrality describe the belief – soon to be law one way or another – that internet access and traffic speed should remain equal. Many of the big providers like Verizon and Comcast have been fighting this for years, trying to change the rules so they can make more money and limit access for those who don’t pony up the fees. Google and others support it.
Looks like the FCC, specifically the chair, is behind net neutrality and we may see some action soon. I’ll be keeping an eye on it – it’s an issue near and dear to my little keyboard fingers.
The long-running net neutrality debate centers around rules that would require Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. Internet companies like Google and Skype want net neutrality rules applied to both wireline and wireless networks, but network operators including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast say they need flexibility to manage web traffic on their lines.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45371.html#ixzz15keOGfM4
Also watch the chit chap re wireless – the providers will probably say ‘oh we’re all for net neutrality! Just don’t apply it to wireless.’ I hope the FCC doesn’t fall for that one.
Gotta squeeze this one in before I shut down . . . this is pretty shocking news and really odd. If net neutrality goes down, you’ll see your internet fragment into classes of pricing – like cable TV. It would frame the debate and cut off participation in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. It’s a dream of Comcast and Rupert Murdock and all the other info systems titans to kill net neutrality. And now this.
All 95 Candidates Who Pledged Support for Net Neutrality Lost on Tuesday
While Google and Verizon and the confused FCC along with a clueless Congress start fighting over “internet, freedom of”, I’m having some odd online experiences over the last week. Everything is slower, page loading is so slow I swear the browser forgets where it was headed. And suddenly I get a lot of ‘page not found’ moments, even when using a back arrow to return to where I just was. This is entirely new.
At Kos today, an update of where things currently stand.
UPDATE: It seems the FCC is acting. A number of net neutrality organizations (especially CREDO) deluged the FCC over the last 24 hours. Here’s a story on it. It’s not entirely over, but this is progress.
This is very bad news. In fact, it has the potential to be destructive of our future and of our civil liberties and could contribute mightily to creating a new underclass. We live in an information society – impediments to giving information and receiving information would disappear for those who ‘can afford it’ or have power over it.
Awwwk! They're, they're, they're trying to shut me down!
The internet is the freest expression of human information and the most beautiful manifestation of true liberty I’ve ever experienced. For people living in countries without a free press, it is the best new tool they have to help them throw off their oppressors.
Free flow of information distributes power. Someone doesn’t want us to be able to do that.
Google, Verizon Said to Strike Deal on Web Traffic Rules
“. . . the compromise as described would restrict Verizon from selectively slowing Internet content that travels over its wires, but wouldn’t apply such limits to Internet use on mobile phones . . .”
Phones is where the Internet is going. And they know that. Does the FCC?