Monday, March 26, 2007

A Net Neutrality No-No

(Posting for tomorrow is a big question mark, by the way.)

On the Net Neutrality front, this item on Yahoo News tells us that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has announced a “notice of inquiry” to “provide a convenient forum for various providers, including network and content providers, to tell us what is happening in the market and about their concerns."

However, FCC member Michael Copps and commissioner Jonathan Adelstein don’t think that’s necessary.

"We're being left behind in broadband globally, the country is paying a steep cost, and we face the stark challenge to decide if we are going to do something about it or not," (Copps) warned. "We're talking here about the greatest small 'd' democratic technology platform that has ever existed. Taking another year or two to decide if we want to keep it that way shortchanges the technology, shortchanges consumers and shortchanges our future."
And Adelstein said…

"Providers may be on their best behavior for now with the spotlight turned on net neutrality. But decisions being made today about the architecture of the Internet could affect its character for years to come, so it is important that we make our expectations clear."
Have I mentioned, by the way, that both these guys were appointed during those supposedly scandal-ridden days of the Clinton Administration?

This takes you to the latest on Net Neutrality, and it tells you how to help get this thing moving in our favor once and for all.

To be honest, I haven’t completely made up my mind on Kevin Martin (Eric Alterman has some background here). The fact that he’s not former chairman Michael Powell is an improvement, but Martin still has the same wingnut pedigree, which automatically makes me suspicious of him at all times.

Update 3/27: And by the way, Happy Netroots Freedom Day!

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