Friday, October 23, 2009

Here It Comes, Again: Internet Content Control

Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke against net neutrality regulations today...she said the creative community does not want the federal government to interfere with how they are able to get content to consumers via the Internet.

"Net neutrality, as I see it, is the fairness doctrine for the Internet," she said. The creators "fully understand what the Fairness Doctrine would be when it applies to TV or radio. What they do not want is the federal government policing how they deploy their content over the Internet and they want the ISPs to manage their networks and deploy the content however they have agreed on with ISP..."They do not want a czar to determine what speeds will be available...We are watching the FCC very closely as it relates to that issue."

What, you say?

Read on:

On 5-0 vote, agency moves ahead in push to regulate Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to open a proceeding that could lead to Internet regulations, although the two Republican commissioners dissented on whether rules are warranted.

The approval of the notice to consider net neutrality rules comes after weeks of intense lobbying by the telecom industry and a flurry of letters from members of Congress. Network operators...argue service providers should treat all traffic equally.

At the heart of the FCC proposal is a political debate over government regulations, with proponents saying they are needed in cyberspace to even the playing field while opponents say they would deter private investment.

With Thursday’s vote, the five-member panel began the process to move forward with the regulations announced last month by the agency’s chairman, Juilus Genachowski. His proposal would formally codify the FCC’s four existing principles, intended to prevent Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to certain content and services. He also proposed two additional principles: one to ensure providers do not discriminate between applications; and another to require Internet companies to disclose their network management practices to consumers

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