The whole point of the Internet is that customers choose what they want to do online, and companies, which offer services and features, have the opportunity to supply them. It is not a cable system; it is the "sacred Internet."
We to ensure that the Internet can be open and indifferent to all content. Congress didn't just sit on their hands and hope that just because no one had yet developed Yellowstone it wasn't at risk of such a fate.
You're either for net neutrality, or you're against it. The problem with the middle ground is that it doesn't exist; the search is futile. But that doesn't mean you can't go on searching for it forever.
To be a hero, Genachowski needs to reject the forthcoming "industry consensus" from ITI as wholly inadequate and announce he will call for a vote on his "Third Way" Proposal in September as the only way to protect consumers.
There was a time not long ago when it was easy to believe that Google was a different kind of company -- one that considered the public good as well as the bottom line in making decisions. My, how a week changes things.
It's pathetic but hardly surprising that Congress is punting on the net neutrality issue. The big media companies are second only to big pharma in campaign largess. So their elected minions sit idly on the sidelines.
There's nothing more depressing than when a trusted friend breaks a promise. Particularly, when that friend is so massive that they have the ability to un-democratize the internet almost single-handedly.
While the news media have been obsessed by the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, one story they have missed is how corporate campaign contributions have united the parties to work against an open Internet.