Sunday, April 23, 2006

Politics of Net Neutrality

Politics of Net Neutrality: " For the loser now, will be later to win.
For the times they are a-changin'

This neatly summarizes the current network neutrality debate.

Advocates for network neutrality will lose this year. AT&T and Verizon will be allowed to try and favor certain companies (Yahoo) and their Web sites over everyone else. They will be allowed to turn their lines into Cable TV lines.

But something interesting is going on. Folks are noticing. MyDD has noticed. Public Knowledge has prepared a YouTube video on the subject. Online leftists like Atrios and Think Progress have talked it up. American Progress has written about it and (as previously noted) has launched a petition drive about it. FreePress has a petition on it, and on Monday a coalition including Google will launch a Web site called Savetheinternet will launch dedicated to the issue.

Right now all these people, and the experts lined up on their side, and the giant companies allied with them, are not enough to carry the day.

But there is an election coming in November (...)"

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