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  • Dorgan Sees Consensus Building for Net Neutrality Action in Senate
    Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), the chief sponsor of net neutrality legislation (S. 215), April 26 told supporters that he is seeking a hearing on the bill and that he sees a consensus developing for it in the Senate.
    Cheryl Bolen, BNA Electronic Commerce and Law
    May 2, 2007

  • The Nuances of Net Neutrality Advocates
    When a coalition of Internet companies fighting for network neutrality relaunches in May under a new name, Microsoft is not expected to be among them. The software firm was an early member of the "It's Our Net Coalition" but pulled out last autumn -- at the time it said temporarily -- because the group wanted to impose conditions on the merger of AT&T and BellSouth. Microsoft's policy is not to intervene in such transactions, so it stepped aside while the FCC considered the deal.
    David Hatch, National Journal's Technology Daily
    April 30, 2007

  • Missing: Politicians who take a clear stand on tech
    Net neutrality became one the hottest political flashpoints in the last year. But in what might seem to be an odd omission, both Republicans and Democrats studiously ignored it this week when touting their technology agendas for 2007.
    Declan McCullagh, CNet.com
    April 27, 2007

  • Wiring America
    According to recent data published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United States is ranked 12th (among 30 nations) in one measure of broadband subscriptions. As a result of this middling showing, politicians on both sides of the aisle are now clamoring for some sort of national broadband strategy.
    Lawrence J. Spiwak, The Hill
    April 24, 2007

  • Net Neutrality Reality Means Internet Mediocrity
    Over the past year, legislators in Congress and, more recently, in states such as Maryland, Maine and California, have been calling for laws guaranteeing "network neutrality." Net neutrality laws would prevent service providers from using their own network resources to improve the quality or reliability of increasingly popular Internet applications such as movie downloads and multiplayer games.
    Steven Titch, Reason Foundation
    April 19, 2007

  • Activists Make Net Neutrality Appeals To Lawmakers
    Grassroots activists are increasing their lobbying efforts in Congress for legislation to prohibit high-speed Internet network operators from charging premium rates to certain content providers.
    National Journal's Technology Daily
    April 10, 2007

  • The Human Face of Net Neutrality
    When Gary Maricle retired from the broadcast business, he launched a new career selling New Mexico chili over the Internet. Selling online allowed him to compete with bigger outlets, since he couldn't afford to "build brick-and-mortar stores all over the nation."
    Jeanne Cummings
    April 9, 2007

  • Carrier groups oppose spectrum auction proposal
    Representatives of large broadband and wireless carriers have voiced opposition to a proposal from consumer groups that would impose open access and net neutrality conditions on a spectrum auction next year.
    Grant Gross, The Washington Post
    April 7, 2007

  • FCC Launches Net Neutrality Study
    Net Neutrality has been a hot topic in the media as well as the IT industry as of late. The issue being discussed is whether or not Internet service providers (ISPs) should be allowed to control how their bandwidth is used by content providers and users and what is actually allowed to pass through their network.
    Tuan Nguyen, Daily Tech
    March 29, 2007

  • Inquiring Minds Are Skeptical Of Neutrality Inquiry
    An FCC inquiry into the heated debate over whether the government should regulate telecommunications and cable giants that control high-speed Internet lines has sparked accusations from critics that the proceeding is designed to fail.
    David Hatch, National Journal's Technology Daily
    March 29, 2007

  • Not neutrality
    Net neutrality, an issue generating debate in U.S. regulatory arenas, could be coming big time to Canada soon. Firms such as Google and eBay are pushing for regulation of potential rivals. This is a classic case of political "rent seeking," with unpredictable consequences for both consumers and its chief advocates.
    Hal Singer, Financial Post
    March 29, 2007

  • Lobbying
    The Tuesday launch of a coalition of musicians supporting legislation to keep high-speed Internet network operators from charging content providers premium rates failed to impress some of their opponents in the network neutrality debate.
    National Journal's Technology Daily
    March 28, 2007

  • Net Neutrality Simmers at VON
    In moderating a panel at Spring VON 2007 last week, Blair Levin's goal was to get panelists to bring something new to the Net neutrality debate. That may not be possible at this stage, but the managing director of Stifel, Nicolaus and Co. did push all the right buttons as panelists on both sides did their best to maintain composure and stay below the boiling point.
    March 26, 2007

  • The Illusion of Net Neutrality
    A short distance from the West End theater where "The History Boys" is still playing, a group of British parliamentarians and other decision makers recently gathered to consider the deceptively-labeled issue of "Net neutrality." In the United States, under that clever but misleading rubric, calls have been made for the first-ever heavy regulation of and restrictions on broadband providers. The calls arise out of fears of hypothetical content and access discrimination by the cable, telephone and other companies that link consumers to the Internet.
    Christopher Wolf, International Herald Tribune
    March 23, 2007

  • FCC Looking At Issue Of Net Neutrality
    In mid-2005, a U.S. Supreme Court decision and a Federal Communications Commission ruling basically deregulated how phone and cable companies handle broadband Internet traffic. Video, music, e-mail, Web browsing and voice transmissions all continue to move freely and equally across the pipes the telecom and cable companies own. But soon after the rulings, phone company executives began talking about creating a tiered program of paid access to the Internet.
    Investors Business Daily
    March 22, 2007

  • Is a Neutral Net Anti-Competitive
    The "net neutrality" debate is a complicated one (witness Google's recent twists and turns). Take the very important issue of competition. On the surface, it would seem that those in favor of making net neutrality the law of the land are fighting the good pro-competition fight. By preventing telcos, cable operators, and other pipe owners from giving favorable treatment to certain forms of data - allowing, say, video from TV studios to flow faster than video from amateurs - a net-neutrality law would keep the playing field level for the little guys.
    Rough Type
    March 22, 2007

  • A monkey hanger's guide to Net Neutrality
    Good morning. For seven years, until last year, I reported from Silicon Valley - I've reported on this issue on both sides of the Atlantic. It's one of the strangest, and perhaps the most interesting, stories I've encountered in 15 years of technology journalism. I write for The Register, which is a successful British internet business, with four million readers and over 30 staff. Because we're a pure internet business, and a pure content business, the fears of "Neutrality" campaigners affect us more than anyone else. We have no print publications or conferencing franchise to fall back on. Our bits must get through! So vertical integration abuse - discrimination and pricing - affect our bottom line. But are these fears rational?
    The Register
    March 21, 2007

  • Net Neutrality Debat Goes Wireless
    Tuesday's general session at VON was supposed to be about net neutrality and policies that both Wall Street and the public could accept, or at least live with. Needless to say, those policies weren't really agreed upon�or even clearly articulated�by the panelists, which included Link Hoewing, assistant vice president of Internet and Technology Issues for Verizon, Christopher Libertelli, senior director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Skype, Mike McCurry, the co-Chair of Hands Off the Internet and former press secretary for Bill Clinton, and Rick Whitt, Washington telecom and media counsel for Google. Blair Levin, the managing director at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, moderated the discussion.
    Extreme Tech
    March 21, 2007

  • Net Neutrality Debate Hits the UK: So what?
    We�ve been hearing about it in the U.S. press on a regular basis for about a year now and it definitely picked up pace before the elections there last November. Now the trend of debating the issue of Net Neutrality has hit the UK. But like most American imports, the British seem rather underwhelmed by it.
    March 21, 2007

  • Google Snubs Net Neutrality Debate
    The first significant Net Neutrality debate to take place in the UK was held today at Westminster. Chaired by former trade minister Alun Michael and the Conservative shadow trade minister Charles Hendry, the event attracted the chief Telecoms regulator and ministry policy chief, a clutch of industry representatives, and a sprinkling of members of both houses.
    The Register
    March 20, 2007

  • UK Regulators "Relaxed" on Net Neutrality
    Speaking at a Westminster e-Forum on the topic on Tuesday, Ofcom's director of policy development, Dougal Scott, told delegates that "the European regulatory framework allows us to deal with any issues that may arise".
    ZDNet UK
    March 20, 2007

  • Honourable Members Consider Net Neutrality
    The first major debate on net neutrality before members of the British Parliament was held today, and more or less elicited yawns all around.
    The Navel of the Internet
    March 20, 2007

  • Net Neutrality Debate Remains Contentious
    Net neutrality is so contentious that many people debating it cannot even agree on a definition. Traditional allies and foes have rearranged themselves to form strange new alliances and divisions. Even the founders of the Internet and the World Wide Web -- including some who worked alongside each other -- are at odds over how to move forward.
    March 16, 2007

  • Network Neutrality: Avoiding a Net Loss
    For more than a year, the issue of network neutrality has taken up a tremendous amount of time and attention in both Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley. In fact, it may be the single most engrossing subject currently tying together policy interests in these two distinct parts of the country. Unfortunately, one key constituency often seems left out of this heated debate: the Internet consumer. This oversight is striking since it is end users who, each day, rely on the Internet to conduct their work and personal lives. What policies should be enacted to ensure their maximum choice and flexibility? Consumer empowerment is where the debate should begin -- and end.
    Tech News World
    March 14, 2007

  • Is Google Changing its Position on Net Neutrality?
    Is Google, the foremost corporate advocate of net neutrality, doing a big fake? Have they succeeded in making everyone believe they will stand up to the Bell companies, even as the company cuts deals to become the preferred provider on a carrier�s network? It sure sounds like it, listening to some recent public comments from one of the company�s top policy execs.
    March 13, 2007

  • Risks of Net Neutrality
    China, the Middle East and the price of oil are all subjects economist John Rutledge can discuss with great authority. However, when I asked him during lunch last October what he thinks is the biggest threat to U.S. economic growth, he stated without hesitation: network neutrality legislation.
    Kansas City Star
    March 11, 2007

  • Hot Internet debate over 'net neutrality'
    Richard Hall has one pipe to the World Wide Web from his home in a rural area near Rolla, Mo., and he's asking his representative in Congress to make sure no one clogs it. Hall, an information science professor at the University of Missouri-Rolla, didn't type and mail his missive to Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau. Instead, he recorded his thoughts on a video, posted it on the Internet and sent Emerson a link. "All this rests on the principle of network neutrality," Hall concluded.
    St. Louis Post Dispatch
    March 10, 2007

  • New Phoenix Center Study Shows That Net Neutrality Proposals Would Hurt Consumers, Content Providers, and Network Operators
    A new study released today by the Phoenix Center finds that "Network Neutrality" regulation that blocks broadband service providers and Internet content providers from certain types of service agreements could mean higher prices for consumers, reduced product development by content providers, and less investment by network operators. According to the study, Internet regulation that forecloses service agreements between broadband service providers and Internet content providers, thereby requiring consumers to arrange for all services and service upgrades, "may increase the full price of broadband access, and consequently reduce the amount of broadband purchased. Importantly, this broadband access price increase will affect all broadband customers -- not simply those that might be interested in purchasing new, bandwidth-intensive services."
    PR Newswire
    March 6, 2007

  • Legal brain opposes net-neutrality legislation at FTC workshop
    The Federal Trade Commission on Feb. 14 hosted the “Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy” public workshop in Washington, with panel speakers addressing various telecom issues. Christopher Wolf, an attorney with Proskauer Rose LLP, Washington, and co-chair of public policy advocacy group Hands Off the Internet, spoke on the net-neutrality panel about the dangers of regulating the Internet. His speech was titled “What Framework Best Promotes Competition and Consumer Welfare?”
    February 15, 2007

  • No red tape
    The Internet needs constant maintenance and upgrading to meet the avalanche of data being placed on it by music, video, and other e-commerce companies. Given that, now is the wrong time to have the federal government begin regulating how the thousands of private networks that make up the Internet can deal with the growth. Once you strip away the rhetoric, what’s most telling is the ongoing “who’s who” of independent Internet experts voicing strong opposition to proposed network regulation. These include David Farber, Robert Kahn, and the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America — whose members literally are on the front lines of today’s broadband rollout. With Internet companies uploading massive content every day and straining current bandwidth, Congress should focus on promoting deployment, not tying the Net down in red tape and litigation.
    From Christopher Wolf and Mike McCurry, co-chairmen, Hands Off the Internet
    February 9, 2007

  • Information Super Traffic Jam
    A new assessment from Deloitte & Touche predicts that global traffic will exceed the Internet's capacity as soon as this year. Why? The rapid growth in the number of global Internet users, combined with the rise of online video services and the lack of investment in new infrastructure. If Deloitte's predictions are accurate, the traffic on many Internet backbones could slow to a crawl this year absent substantial new infrastructure investments and deployment.
    January 31, 2007

  • Oh, What a Tangled Web Google Weaves
    By now it is well known that the web search company Google is behind the massive "net neutrality" campaign. Based on the fear that consumers will be harmed if telecom and cable companies negotiate preferential arrangements to certain customers, the net neutrality campaign seeks legislation and regulation that would reduce Internet providers to a "dumb pipes" existence and would preclude them trying to provide value-added services to their customers.
    Institute for Policy Innovation

  • Letter to the Editor: Plan should slow investment
    You are right to oppose new federal regulations on the Internet, but your editorial missed two important reasons this is such a bad idea. First, Net users are increasingly seeing online delays caused by surging use of video downloads and other data-rich applications. Meanwhile, spam and spyware remain out of control. A federal law that mandates "neutrality" would stop Internet providers’ ability to prioritize legitimate content that consumers genuinely want.
    Rocky Mountain News
    January 18, 2007

  • Notebaert right about 'neutrality'
    Qwest CEO Dick Notebaert didn't mince words when asked on Thursday about attempts in Congress to set up speed traps in cyberspace.
    And we hope that he can get a sympathetic hearing from enough lawmakers, and even President Bush, so that the confining vision of "net neutrality" does not become federal policy.
    Rocky Mountain News
    January 13, 2007

  • Network Neutrality Critics Say If Net Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
    Opponents of network neutrality are criticising a bill introduced this week by Senators Olympia Snowe, (R-Maine) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).
    iT News
    By K.C. Jones
    January 12, 2007

  • Qwest CEO: Net neutrality not necessary
    Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Dick Notebaert said the push for legislators and regulators to impose stricter net neutrality laws on carriers has the potential to turn the nation's "long-standing communications model on its head."
    The Denver Business Journal
    Bob Mook
    January 11, 2007

  • David Holcberg: It's a Free Market for All
    "Net neutrality" is an idea that has no place in a free market. Cable and phone companies have no obligation to treat all Internet traffic equally. If these companies judge it to be in their self-interest to sell speedier delivery to certain content providers, they should be free to do so.
    New York Times
    January 8, 2007

  • National Journal Tech Daily
    National Journal
    January 3, 2007

  • Sonia Arrison: Net Neutrality Shopping Is Bad for the Economy
    Technology still moves fast, and it is incredibly important that the Internet remains open and free from restrictions, but this also means fighting government controls. The current debate over net neutrality is not one of consumers versus corporations; it is one of corporations versus corporations and if government gets involved it will mean a loss for consumers.
    December 8, 2006

  • Alfred E. Kahn: Congress Should Go Slow on Net Neutrality
    The advocates of network neutrality have become distressingly, stridently apocalyptic, rallying all good liberals against (the following is a fair composite quote): "Those with the deepest pockets ... corporations, special-interest groups, major advertisers, and especially the billion-dollar telephone and cable companies that now dominate the business of providing broadband connections to the public--who want to control what you read, see, or hear online would be able to pay the new fees, while little-guy sites could be shut out."
    The Heartland Institute
    December 1, 2006

  • Jonathan Make: Mich., Other States May Be Net Neutrality Battlegrounds
    Mich. is shaping up as the latest battleground between net neutrality proponents and companies that call current FCC enforcement powers adequate to guard consumers against Web content blocking. A video franchising bill being weighed by the state Senate is the focus of lobbying by Google and other companies that want it fitted with net neutrality provisions, activists said.
    Communications Daily
    November 28, 2006

  • Thomas M. Lenard: Vista, Open Access and Net Neutrality
    I supported the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust case against Microsoft, because I thought the evidence of its anticompetitive behavior was compelling. But I always opposed remedies that would turn Microsoft into a public utility and subject it to common carrier regulation.
    The Progress & Freedom Foundation
    November 2006

  • Mike McCurry and Christopher Wolf: Letter to the Editor
    With America lagging behind Asia and Europe in high-speed Internet options, the worst thing Congress could do is burden Net users with costly "neutrality" regulations. The Internet's transformation from a simple system for e-mail to an entertainment medium of video, phone and teleconferencing has produced surging bandwidth demands that will be met only through vast (and expensive) upgrades to America's communications system. Neutrality regulations will be even more costly and add bureaucratic delay to the Internet's expansion. Even proponents of neutrality like Google, Amazon and eBay will rue the day they asked the government to micromanage the Web's underlying technologies.
    October 23, 2006

  • Mike McCurry and Christopher Wolf: 'Neutrality' Regulations Would Inhibit Internet
    Google, other large companies, should pay for deploying networks needed for large capacity
    The [Iowa] Telegraph Herald
    October 8, 2006

  • Vanessa McLaughlin: Telemedicine and 'net neutrality'
    Ask somebody how the Internet has changed their life and they will probably talk about e-mail, working from home, searching for information or downloading their favorite music. Before long, connecting with a doctor and getting medical care online is likely to top the list of Internet breakthroughs - unless new government regulations get in the way.
    The [West Virginia] Martinsburg Journal
    September 27, 2006

  • Mike McCurry, Christopher Wolf: Don't force the Internet into one pipe
    INTERNET providers want to spend billions of dollars to speed up and expand the connections between consumers' homes and the Internet backbone -- to deliver video, specialized online services, and a faster, better Internet. And they want to do this without shifting the entire cost onto the consumers.
    Providence Journal
    July 18, 2006

  • 'Net neutrality' would stifle innovation
    Everyone is struggling with how to portray the fight over Internet access - known as the "network neutrality" debate - in a way that makes some sense. To a degree, the complex debate over "net neutrality" - the argument over whether Internet providers should be permitted to charge fees in exchange for preferential access to online consumers - can be sorted out by the players.
    Arizona Republic Editorial
    June 26, 2006

  • Could this be why Google wants net neutrality? (PDF)
    Google is innovating, and that’s good. But when Google asks Congress to stop their competitors from innovating, that’s wrong. Net neutrality isn’t sounding very neutral anymore.
    June 22, 2006


  • The Internet's Future
    THE SENATE will hold hearings tomorrow on "net neutrality," the idea that the pipes and wires that form the Internet should treat all content equally. An alliance whose membership ranges from the Christian Coalition to MoveOn.org is demanding that Congress write this neutrality into law; the groups fear that the pipe owners -- cable companies, phone companies and so on -- might otherwise deliver corporate content at high speed for high fees, while consigning political Web sites and hobbyists to a slow information byway.
    The Washington Post Editorial
    June 12, 2006
  • House Seeks to Open Cable TV Market
    Monopolies in many cable TV markets could end under House-passed legislation that supporters said would increase competition and drive down prices. The far-reaching telecommunications legislation, passed 321-101 Thursday night, would encourage telephone companies and others to enter video markets by scrapping the time-consuming system where prospective providers must negotiate individually with every locality.
    by Jim Abrams, Associated Press
    June 9, 2006

  • The Web's Worst New Idea
    If ever there was a solution in search of a problem, "Net neutrality" is it. Sometime recently, someone got up on the wrong side of bed and decided that the freedom that has been the hallmark of the Internet now threatens to destroy it.
    The Wall Street Journal Editorial
    May 18, 2006

  • Hardware Firms Oppose Net Neutrality Laws
    The political debate in Washington over the concept known as Net neutrality just became a lot more complicated. Some of the largest hardware makers in the world, including 3M, Cisco, Corning and Qualcomm, sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday firmly opposing new laws mandating Net neutrality--the concept that broadband providers must never favor some Web sites or Internet services over others.
    by Declan McCullagh, CNet.com
    May 17, 2006

  • What Congress is Learning About 'Net Neutrality'
    High schoolers might want to plan now for a career in telecom lobbying. Don't worry. Nothing will be solved by the time you have waded through college and graduate school. Take your time. Oh, and drop a note of thanks to Google, eBay, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, etc.
    by Holman Jenkins, The Wall Street Journal
    May 17, 2006

  • Not So Fast on Network Neutrality
    Net neutrality -- the idea that everybody should be equal in cyberspace -- has gained momentum as a populist movement but seems no closer to becoming law. A House committee recently rejected a Democrat-led effort to legislate the principle, and a current Republican-sponsored draft telecommunications bill mostly avoids the subject.
    The Oregonian
    May 15, 2006

  • High-Def Could Choke Internet, ISPs Fear
    Every day, it seems, a new service pops up offering to send you video over the Internet. "Desperate Housewives," Stephen Colbert heckling the president, clips of bad dancers at wedding parties: It's all there. You may be up for it, but is the Internet?
    by Peter Svensson, Associated Press
    May 14, 2006

  • Google, Microsoft Push for "Net Neutrality" Law (Audio)
    Google and Microsoft are urging Congress to pass a law that would prohibit operators of high-speed internet services from prioritizing certain types of traffic -- such as online video -- over others.
    by Xeni Jardin, NPR
    May 10, 2006

  • Online Movies, Video at Heart of Net Neutrality
    The debate over Internet neutrality is about control of the Web's next holy grail: online movies and television, and the billions in revenue they will generate.
    by Mark Boslett and Carmen Fleetwood, Dow Jones News Wire
    May 10, 2006

  • Net Diversity Threatened by Network Neutrality
    Net neutrality proponents are ultimately pushing for a uniform system of old-style regulation on a currently vibrant medium. That is, by trying to make broadband network providers treat everyone in the same manner, neutrality proponents call for a regime that Precursor analyst Scott Cleland labels "sameness."
    by Sonia Arrison, Tech News World
    May 5, 2006

  • Pundits Discuss the Internet's Future
    The Wall Street Journal Online invited Web pioneer Vint Cerf and tech pundit Esther Dyson to discuss what they expect in the next 10 years. Mr. Cerf envisions an interplanetary network, while Ms. Dyson ponders a loss of privacy and an information glut. Their conversation, carried out by email, is below.
    The Wall Street Journal
    May 4, 2006

  • Net Neutrality and Politics
    Zoe Lofgren, representative of the 16th district of California (the region that contains Silicon Valley), recently wrote an article for ZDNet where she defended net neutrality rules as a means of preventing broadband companies from acting as gatekeepers to the Internet...Broadband providers, most notably AT&T;, aren't suggesting that they will "control what we access over the Internet." Rather, they are saying that some content may be given "fast track" access into the home, access to which is contingent on a fee paid either by the provider of content or the consumer.
    by John Carroll, ZDNet
    May 4, 2006

  • McNealy Discusses 'Network Neutrality'
    Following are excerpts from Washington Post Staff Writer Arshad Mohammed's interview with Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman Scott G. McNealy on Tuesday.
    Washington Post
    May 3, 2006
  • No Need Now for Net Neutrality Regulation
    Here's a proposed solution to the current debate over new network-neutrality regulations: How about let’s do nothing — at least not now?
    by Tom Giavanetti, The Hill
    May 3, 2006

  • Catching the Web in a Net of Neutrality
    Imagine a world in which millions of senior citizens and disabled Americans, among others, can have, if they want, their medical conditions monitored continuously by devices that communicate over high speed, broadband networks that can automatically alert them if they require immediate medical attention.
    by Robert Litan, The Washington Post
    May 2, 2006

  • It is Too Soon To Impose Net Neutrality
    There are few more enticing visions than that of the free and equal internet. Instead of a central authority or company deciding what anybody can put on a website or offer as a service, anything goes. Almost as remarkable is the way that the internet - or the way that most people experience it - has steadily sped up.
    by John Gapper, Financial Times
    April 30, 2006

  • Panel Vote Shows Rift Over Net Neutrality
    A fight in a House committee about online tolls offered a preview Wednesday of the larger battle brewing over the future of the Internet as Congress overhauls telecommunications rules for the first time in a decade.
    The Los Angeles Times
    April 27, 2006

  • Democratic Amendments Fail to Fly in Telecom Markup Session
    Major Democratic-sponsored amendments were defeated Wednesday during a House Energy and Commerce Committee session convened to vote on major telecommunications legislation.
    National Journal
    April 26, 2006

  • Democrats Lose House Vote on Net Neutrality
    A hotly contested Democratic bid to enshrine extensive Net neutrality regulations in the law books failed Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    by Declan McCullagh, CNet
    April 26, 2006

  • MySpace: Protecting Kids Online
    MySpace.com is the online social networking Web site that has become a phenomenon among
    kids. But some of those cool kids have used their 15 megabits of fame to post risqué pictures and to
    feature racist, misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic content.
    by Christopher Wolf, Forbes
    April 25, 2006
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  • Manufacturers' Letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    Manufacturers' Letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    April 25, 2006
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  • Net Neutrality: A Primer for the Rightosphere
    San Francisco, like a number of other cities, is working to build municipal Wi-Fi. It has not been done successfully to date, and the jury is still out on whether any city will have a functioning system that the citizens want.
    April 24, 2006

  • 'Hands Off' Rx Best for the Internet
    Today, policymakers are being pressured into thinking about "prophylactic regulation" of the Internet, just as the Internet has blossomed into the medium we all had hoped for. Hypochondriacs on the sidelines are hectoring Congress to force unnecessary medicine on the Internet under the rubric "regulated network neutrality."
    by Chris Wolf and Mike McCurry, The Washington Times
    April 21, 2006

  • Out of the Telechasm
    Ten years after Congress declared it was "deregulating" the telecom industry, our Representatives and Senators are at it again. Both Houses of Congress are drawing up legislation to address some of the absurdities that resulted from the last effort at reform.
    Wall Street Journal Editorial
    April 18, 2006

  • TeleCONSENSUS Letter to the House Judiciary Committee on Net Neutrality
    TeleCONSENSUS Letter to the House Judiciary Committee on Net Neutrality
    Adobe PDF Document
    April 6, 2006

  • Network Neutrality Speech
    Within the current funding and construction approach to networks, I believe a network neutrality law is a tactical, practical, strategic and philosophical error. It takes us further away from Freedom to Connect.
    by Martin Geddes, Telepocalypse
    April 3, 2006

  • TeleCONSENSUS Letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Net Neutrality
    TeleCONSENSUS Letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Net Neutrality
    Adobe PDF Document
    April 3, 2006

  • Conservative Coalition Sends Letter on Telecom;
    Calls for more pro-market reforms in new legislation.

    As members of the free-market community, we, the undersigned organizations, are encouraged that the latest draft of the telecommunications legislation takes positive, market-oriented steps to offer video service providers an alternative to the burdensome labyrinth of local franchise laws while avoiding regulatory pitfalls such as mandated access, rate regulation, and build-out requirements...
    by Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks
    April 3, 2006

  • Incorporate Competition Standard in 'Net Neutrality'
    In light of widespread competition in the communications industry, any language addressing network neutrality in the "Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006" should incorporate an unfair competition standard in order to avoid the likely imposition of a general common carrier obligation on all broadband providers.
    Progress and Freedom Foundation
    March 30, 2006

  • Broadband giants say Net neutrality fears are misguided
    In light of widespread competition in the communications industry, any language addressing network neutrality in the "Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006" should incorporate an unfair competition standard in order to avoid the likely imposition of a general common carrier obligation on all broadband providers.
    By Marguerite Reardon, CNet
    March 24, 2006

  • Disney's Iger: No Net Neutrality Laws Needed
    Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger weighed in on the network neutrality debate Monday with an opinion guaranteed to please his hosts here at the TelecomNext show -- in that he doesn't think any new legislation is needed.
    By Paul Kapustka Networking Pipeline
    March 20, 2006

  • Neutering the net
    The legendary Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet Protocol (IP) standard in the 1970s, is pleading for “network neutrality.” Cerf, now Google’s chief internet evangelist, argues for government regulation to ensure that broadband subscribers can use any network application or device, without extra fees.
    By Thomas W. Hazlett, Financial Times
    March 20, 2006

  • TIA to Congress: Net Neutrality Rules Are Not Necessary at this Time
    The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading trade association for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, has taken a position on the “net neutrality” debate now before Congress.
    By Patrick Barnard, TMCnet Associate Editor
    March 17, 2006

  • Regulation in Brief: Network Neutrality
    At first glance, “network neutrality” may seem an unobjectionable principle. Who, after all, would want their telephone company to keep them from accessing CNN.com, or force them to use one the provider owns?  However, in practice, no major operator has ever blocked sites, and likely never will.
    Heritage Foundation Backgrounder
    March 13, 2006

  • The Eden Illusion
    At first glance, “network neutrality” may seem an unobjectionable principle. Who, after all, would want their telephone company to keep them from accessing CNN.com, or force them to use one the provider owns?  However, in practice, no major operator has ever blocked sites, and likely never will.
    The Washington Post Editorial
    March 13, 2006

  • Net Neutrality: Video Dialtone Redux?
    Considering some recent net neutrality proposals, not-so-old-timers may recall some not-so-ancient history. Similar principles were set out at the dawn of the Internet, and then again at the sunset of telco ambitions to enter cable-style video delivery service. What lessons can we learn from such artifacts as video dialtone?
    by Solveig Singleton, Progress and Freedom Foundation
    March 10, 2006

  • Stuck in Neutral
    The Net neutrality crowd claims this is an attempt to set up "toll roads" on the Internet, holding Web sites to ransom, keeping users captive -- and "breaking the Net," to hear one industry exec tell it.
    The Wall Street Journal Editorial
    March 8, 2006

  • It's up to Silicon Valley to choose
    Recently, there's been a lot of chatter about the openness of the Internet being under attack. While the Net is indeed facing a threat, it's not the one that some pundits make it out to be.
    By Sonia Arrison, CNet
    February 9, 2006

  • Hey Baby Bells and Cable: We Need Multiple Tiers of Service
    Sure, new bandwidth is being added on networks every day. But guess what, our ability to consume bandwidth is growing far, far faster than the speed at which it is being added. Call it digital gravity. The bigger and  more powerful our PCs become, the more specialized processors that are enabled with internet connectivity, the more bandwidth we all consume.
    by Mark Cuban
    January 15, 2006

  • Beware the Double Definitions of 'Network Neutrality'
    Internet Protocol Television, or IPTV, is on the cusp of taking off and providing real competition for the clunky and expensive cable system that makes American video entertainment so pathetic. In order to provide this service, the networks require upgrades, and the upgrades only happen if investors believe that it is worth their while to fund them.
    By Sonia Arrison, TechNewsWorld
    January 10, 2006

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