Network Neutrality

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From wikipedia.org, "A neutral broadband network is one that is free of restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and on the modes of communication allowed, as well as one where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams."[1] Internet providers would like to have more control over the networks based on the data being transmitted, but internet users usually want to see the data untampered/unrestricted.

Relevent News and Development

Recently, the FCC has mandated net neutrality.[2]


Arguments For

Yes on Network Neutrality

"The Internet has thrived and revolutionized business and the economy precisely because it started as an open technology," said co-sponsor Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) in a statement. "This bill will ensure that the non-discriminatory framework that allows the Internet to thrive and competition on the Web to flourish is preserved at a time when our economy needs it the most." - The War Over Network Neutrality - arstechnica.com

Arguments Against

No on Network Neutrality

Opponents of net neutrality include large hardware companies and members of the cable and telecommunications industries. Critics characterised net neutrality regulation as "a solution in search of a problem", arguing that broadband service providers have no plans to block content or degrade network performance. In spite of this claim, certain Internet service providers have intentionally slowed peer-to-peer (P2P) communications - Network neutrality on wikipedia.org

From [6]:
"'Net neutrality' is nothing more than sweet-sounding words to obscure an attempt to involve the government in directing private sector investment and business models," said Bartlett Cleland, director of the Dallas-based group Center for Technology Freedom. "The discussion regarding where investment should take place should be left to consumers and business owners."

"The sort of aggressive regulation, as proposed today, by making rules out of guidelines even while inserting an expanded menu of regulatory guidelines, is one more step toward dismantling current and discouraging future innovation," Cleland added.


 1  Network neutrality Aug 28, 2009 (en.wikipedia.org)
 2  FCC to Mandate Net Neutrality for the Web Sept 18, 2009 Parr, Ben (Mashable.com)
 3  http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/08/fcc-chairman-talks-tough-on-network-neutrality.arsFCC Chairman Talks Tough on Network Neutrality[/a]

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 4  US proposes net neutrality rules Sept 21, 2009 Unknown Author (news.bbc.co.uk)
 5  FCC Chairman wants network neutrality wired and wireless Sept 21, 2009 Anderson, Nate (Arstechnica.com)
 6  FCC plan for open internet 'perfect,' Lessig says; industry critical Sept 21, 2009 Gustin, Sam (DailyFinance.com)

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#internet Net neutrality goes hand in hand with hope and freedom of speech. - thorie (twitter) 0
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Big win for net neutrality handed down by the FCC. - jennyhooah (twitter) 0

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