Net neutrality video – “Humanity Lobotomy”

A popular video on Net Neutrality, bringing in the history of publishing and culture – “

(foureyedmonsters.com/neutrality)

good to remember accessibility isn’t a given on the internet (even with OA publishing) – ala national censorship and corporate control.

For more recent developments checkout the savetheinternet.com website and blog. Interestingly a lot of news is spreading around twitter, as the following quote shows:

Twitter traffic of Commissioner Michael Copps’ speech in Minneapolis on Saturday rocketed to the top of the popular network — garnering more mentions than “Obama,” “Clinton,” “Big Brown” and all other newsworthy terms posted that day by the millions of users of the viral Internet service.”

FCC Commissioner Copps recently announced plans to support and bring in net neutrality legislation. The whole post can be found here.

(and yes, I realize I’ve been living in the dark without twitter… oh how I have been suffering… but don’t feel pity, as I’m signing up now and will blog about my conversion).

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brett Glass on June 21, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Fearmongering, plain and simple. No ISP in the United States has ever censored a third party’s Web site, nor have they even given an indication that they ever will. However, if the so-called “network neutrality” laws now pending in Congress are passed, it could well happen. Why? Because the laws would kill off small and independent ISPs, leaving us with a cable company/telephone company duopoly with total power over the Internet. For more, see http://www.brettglass.com/FCC/remarks.html.

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  2. Here in Canada the problem is exactly as you are describing, Bell Sympatico is slowing down traffic of all users going through its network. This hurts the small ISP’s who connect through Bell’s lines. So it means that small ISP’s can not guarantee my bandwidth – even if I paid for it.

    Perhaps you should be arguing against the unnecessary and excessive bandwidth charges you are paying as an ISP to the larger networks… Well… you do seem to be doing that, but as a small ISP i would be more supportive of the net neutrality principle since its the larger networks that supply the bandwidth that will be benefiting most from the filtering.

    I very much disagree with the kinds of control you think an ISP should be allowed:
    “While the content may be encrypted for security or privacy purposes, the fact that a particular activity — e.g. P2P — is taking place should not be obscured, so as to facilitate proper prioritization of traffic and bandwidth management.”

    I’m 100% against that kind of filtering.

    I do appreciate your discussion on how smaller ISP’s are having trouble competing – it certainly holds true here in Canada as well. Thanks for your thoughts and input!

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