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United Policy Point #2: Support Net Neutrality!

In FCC, FTC & DOJ, Network Neutrality, Rules&Regs on October 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm

We need laws and policies that protect open and neutral digital networks, and otherwise prevent arbitrary discrimination against traffic and content. In the past, arguments that this was a solution in search of a problem might have made sense.

But now all of the major players — Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Cox — have been caught tampering with internet traffic — each had previously denied till exposed. Combine that with public statements that they’d like to charge for priority delivery and site-specific load speeds, this is a really big deal. Consider the new Yahoo! & AT&T ad sales partnership, where the national carrier could guarantee the ads they sell load in a heartbeat, and all those they compete with get stuck in molasses.

Our emerging digital enterprises are at risk, but recently introduced H.R. 3458, the Internet Freedom Preservation Act would keep us from being extorted or discriminated against. And just last week the FCC announced a formal Rulemaking to protect open and neutral digital networks. The major monopoly providers are opposed, and since Verizon’s point man chairs this committee at the US Chamber, they oppose on behalf of all business big and small, and several astroturf are also joining the fray.

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