Network Neutrality

Network Neutrality

FMC and Pearl Jam statements on AT&T Silencing Pearl Jam’s lyrics during Lollapalooza webcast

The above link was copied from the Pearl Jam website. I also received the following statement from the Future of Music Coalition.

AT&T blocks Pearl Jam's Bush slam : Pearl Jam calls for Net Neutrality

A Salon article discusses how AT&T unilaterally censored political speech at a Pearl Jam concert.

The band says the company's actions highlight the need for action on "network neutrality" -- the fight for regulations prohibiting broadband firms from making decisions about what content is and is not allowed on their networks. AT&T is currently fighting network neutrality, helping the NSA spy on Americans, and developing a way for Hollywood to police the Internet.

Google's battle for wireless spectrum

Marguerite Reardon, Staff Writer, CNET News.com interviews Chris Sacca, head of special initiatives at Google, about the US wireless auction.

Rogers Must Come Clean on Traffic Shaping

Michael Geist's weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, Homepage version) focuses on Rogers, a leading Canadian ISP, actively engaging in “traffic shaping”, a process that limits the amount of bandwidth available for certain applications. Although this was initially limited to peer-to-peer file sharing applications, there is mounting speculation that the practice may be affecting basic functionality such as email and the use of virtual private networks.

Telecom != Internet: Why content-pays models are bad for the Internet.

Kevin McArthur, the guy who runs Neutrality.ca, has a BLOG article today talking about the question about whether content companies should be paying 'extra' for the bandwidth they are supposedly using. Not only are they already paying for that bandwidth the same as everyone else, the idea of charging different types of customers different rates for different content has a dis-incentive to investing in network infrastructure.

Should you be concerned about the sale of CHUM Limited to CTVglobemedia Inc.?

An article in The Straight by Charlie Smith talks about many of the issues with the possible sale of CHUM Limited to CTVglobemedia.

Extreme Net Neutrality opposition

(also published on p2pnet)
It seems the opponents to Net Neutrality are getting more and more excited and angry, with their amusing comparisons to protecting the fundamental design principle of the Internet (the end-to-end principle that suggests that endpoints in the Internet should not need additional permission or payment to an intermediary to deploy new services) with communism. I have a hard time understanding the logic, but you can read it for yourself to see what you think.

Not neutrality?

Hal Singer, a US lobbiest writing for the Financial Post has gone as far as to simply make stuff up to justify his opposition to network neutrality laws. You can see this in his personal definition of Net Neutrality.

Although the idea has taken on many meanings, net neutrality is fundamentally about denying a voluntary exchange between two consenting parties for the sake of equal outcomes. The argument goes something like this: If my Web site cannot afford certain bells and whistles to make real-time applications run better, then my rivals should be prevented by law from purchasing those enhancements from any broadband service provider.

Net neutralist shows true colours

Mark Goldberg tries to be critical of my Hill Times letter to the editor on his BLOG. He uses the boogy-man of "nationalizing" infrastructure as a distraction from my comparison between transportation infrastructure (which is already "nationalized" and our economy only works because of this) and communications infrastructure. While there are ideologues that get frightened by the term "nationalize", most people aren't going to be so easily distracted.

Disagrees with Goldberg's 'spin' on net-neutrality

The Hill Times published a Letter to the Editor I wrote to them on the issue of Net Neutrality. They edited my letter for size (I'm often too long), so I will publish the original here for archival purposes.

Re: Beware of the 'peoples' republic' of 'net neutrality'.

Mr Goldberg tries to spin the 'net neutrality' issue with the common incumbent industry misinformation. The best way to understand the need for neutrality is to compare our transportation and communications infrastructure, given they mirror many of the same issues.

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