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Preserving the Free and Open Internet
Federal Communications Commission
December 23, 2010
If you still have yet to see it, we have provided a link to the FCC’s new rules on the “Free and Open Internet” or Net Neutrality. The rules rules are too lengthy to discuss in much detail here, but will be discussed in other posts on the site at adnaseum. However, we present the FCC’s four core principles, and you can find a link to read about them at detail at the break.
No Blocking p.37
No Unreasonable Discrimination p.40
Reasonable Network …
Today is a different day. Today is the day the hammer of regulation is expected to drop on the Internet for the very first time. In light of that I felt it was best to offer a somewhat different research post today. Presented below are various sound offs about what to expect with the anticipated Network Neutrality regulation from the Federal Communications Commission from Franken to Farber & Faulhaber.
Espinosa, an Internet entrepreneur discusses a recent meeting with FCC Commissionaire Julius Genachowski and a number of other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to discuss the Net Neutrality debate. Espinosa discusses how he and others in the technology sector that support the open Internet but would like to see light touch regulation were pleased with the latest proposal from the FCC.
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The authors look at a new push by the FCC to promote a retail market for set-top-boxes as directed by Congress in Section 629 of the Communications Act. The authors point out the failure of the previous attempt, CableCard, and examine the new attempt, “AllVid”. With AllVid, any multichannel video program distributor (MVPD) would provide some type of adapter which would be a proprietary connection for all retail market televisions, DVRs, media PCs, Internet television devices, or any other device for use in this arena.
Weinman has posted a two part series on pay-per-use broadband on GigaOm. He introduces the subject by looking at how providers began offering Internet service by the minute and moved on to flat rate plans. But these same companies are now looking at returning to a consumption based model, but based on bits rather than minutes spent online.