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Monday, September 21, 2009

Genachowski: THE net neutrality speech

No-one has ever nailed their colours so firmly to the net neutrality mast - some excerpts:
'broadband providers’ rational bottom-line interests may diverge from the broad interests of consumers in competition and choice.'
'because it is vital that the Internet continue to be an engine of innovation, economic growth, competition and democratic engagement, I believe the FCC must be a smart cop on the beat preserving a free and open Internet.'
The fifth principle is one of non-discrimination -- stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications.

'This means they cannot block or degrade lawful traffic over their networks, or pick winners by favoring some content or applications over others in the connection to subscribers’ homes. Nor can they disfavor an Internet service just because it competes with a similar service offered by that broadband provider...This principle will not prevent broadband providers from reasonably managing their networks. During periods of network congestion, for example, it may be appropriate for providers to ensure that very heavy users do not crowd out everyone else. And this principle will not constrain efforts to ensure a safe, secure, and spam-free Internet experience, or to enforce the law.'

All good so far!

1 comment:

lucy lane said...

As I've been reading various comments, I agree with some of them where they state they have some mixed feelings about this idea being both good and maybe not so good. As long as it does not interrupt too much of the ISPs. Of course, we may not know that until the basic "trial and error" take place.