One more, if you’re still a little unclear.
While I wait for WWDC to begin, I thought I’d post this video of Barack Obama’s position on net neutrality. Make sure you vote for someone who has a least used the Internet a few times! This is an important issue.
More net neutrality vids to come.
And, if you won’t believe those guys in my previous post regarding net neutrality, maybe you’ll listen to a Ninja:
This video features the smartest people in the world (Tim Berners-Lee, Lawrence Lessig, and many others) talking about the implications of net neutrality. Listen to them!
60% of content on the Internet is produced by people rather than corporations. 0 on TV (ok, there is cable access in the occasional market), radio maybe 5%, newspapers – the occasional letter to editor. This is the powerful part. Do we want the Internet to revert to a one-way model?
This is the first thing I have seen that really lays out the issues so that the average user can understand. And, I’m thankful for social networking companies like MySpace and Facebook who have spread the concept of user-generated content before the phone companies could shut it down. People have had a chance, on a widespread level, to contribute content. Thus, the big companies trying to control the Internet will now have a much harder time slipping this type of legislation through.
So far, the Net Neutrality discussions in Congress have centered on communication and broadband policy and the FCC in terms of regulation. This week, John Conyers (D-MI) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act “to promote competition, to facilitate trade, to ensure competitive and non-discriminatory access to the Internet. This bill would treat net neutrality as an anti-trust issue, thus amending the Clayton Act that forbids activities that would be harmful to competition. Charging different buyers different prices for the same product is one of those items.
While there is still a good deal of discussion to be had around this topic, it is good to see Congress making an effort to understand this important issue and to ensure continued access to a free and open Internet.