Net Neutrality. One Small Step…One Giant Leap

Posted: December 22, 2010 in Content, Convergence

Just getting a Net Neutrality law on the books is huge. It does make the statement that the Internet has to be open to everyone. It tries to tell everyone to play fair. Like so many laws, though, there will ultimately be a series of court cases and challenges that determine just how much protection this new law provides up and coming entrepreneurs trying to launch businesses on the Internet.

For a time it seemed like there might never be a law. Many existing media companies were conflicted, with some divisions favoring strong rules and other divisions as adamantly in favor of doing nothing.

But the step taken by the FCC today is clearly in the right direction. It recognizes the growing power of content and giving the public the best access to that content for a fair price. These digital platforms will go way beyond the business they deliver today.

Increasingly, the Internet and it’s affiliated networks will be delivering everything from our childrens’ education to important information to all forms of entertainment. Encouraging entrepreneurism on these platforms is mission critical for our future and the future of American business.

It will be up to courts and individual cases to help sculpt the actual interpretation of the rules, but for supporters of a free and open internet, that’s the best possible outcome here. They will be able to take individual cases to court or elsewhere and challenge the clarity of the ruling.

  1. Sparkie Waller says:

    I got your thoughts on the FCC Ruling but I also got this one.

    Progressive Change Campaign Committee

    BREAKING: Minutes ago, the FCC passed new rules — written by corporations — that will end Net Neutrality, putting companies like Netflix in danger of being blocked by companies like Comcast. For the first time in history, the U.S. government approved corporate censorship of the Internet, putting the future of online free speech at risk. Unbelievably, the person leading the charge was Obama appointee Julius Genachowski.

    This violates President Obama’s campaign promise to protect Net Neutrality, but some media are reporting the corporate spin that this is a “Net Neutrality compromise.” It’s not — there’s no such thing as half a First Amendment. We need to set the record straight.

    If you’re on Twitter, please click to share this: NEWS: @FCC breaks Obama promise, allows corporate censorship – no Net Neutrality rules. 3 things to know: @WhiteHouse

    If you’re on Facebook, click here to spread the word.

    By sharing, you can help us spread the top 3 reasons the rules passed today are a giveaway to big corporations and break Obama’s promise:

    1. They enshrine different rules for wired and wireless Internet — allowing big corporations to censor on your mobile phone
    2. They allow corporations to set up tollbooths online, stifling new innovators like the next YouTube who can’t pay the fees the old, crusty corporations can pay
    3. For the first time, they embrace a “public Internet” for regular people vs. a “private Internet” with all the new innovations for corporations who pay more — ending the Internet as we know it

    A more detailed explanation is here. Please pass this email to your friends so they know not to believe the corporate spin.

    And click here to share on Twitter and here to share on Facebook.

    Thanks for being a bold progressive,

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  2. Richard says:

    The open Internet was sentenced to death yesterday. The law is good for giant communications companies. It is awful for the rest of us. It will stifle innovation and kill the World Wide Web. It is a major step in recreating the old AT&T, only this time as a US duopoly of at&t and Verizon.

    Mobile is the future. The future that the FCC voted for yesterday is a dark one.

    Do you remember fast moving, innovative new features and equipment from the old Ma Bell? Me neither. The FCC, Congress, and the FTC are recreating AT&T, one entity to control all communications.

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