Posts Tagged ‘ net neutrality ’

Net Neutrality – be careful what you wish for

October 2, 2009
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As retribution for Martin Geddes and in the name of “what goes around comes around” for Google, in the irony of ironies, it is now AT&T claiming Google¬† is violating Net Neutrality laws. Tell me you didn’t see that coming. We also have Carl Ford asking “can the concept of ‘open’ be governed?” (see http://apps.calliflower.com/conf/show/58623)…

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Twitter is a “Stupid Network” (the good kind)

April 16, 2009
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I’m sure I’m not the first to point out this analogy, but one of the things that makes Twitter interesting is how it parallels the “stupid network” model, as prescribed by David Isenberg in The Rise of the Stupid Network. Twitter embraces the end-to-end principle which is a central design principle of the Internet itself.¬†…

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AP says Cox is blocking too

May 16, 2008
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According this AP story, Cox is interfering with file-sharing applications used by their customers just like Comcast was. A study based on the participation of 8,175 Internet users around the world found conclusive signs of blocked file-sharing connections only at three Internet service providers: Comcast and Cox in the U.S. and StarHub in Singapore. If…

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Obama Promises Net Neutrality

October 31, 2007
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According to ExtemeVoIP, presidential candidate Barack Obama has committed to supporting network neutrality. If elected to the White House next year, he says he will impose network neutrality mandates on broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast. Obama said, if elected, he would appoint only pro-network neutrality Federal Communications Commission members. “I want to maintain…

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Blocking without blocking

May 8, 2007
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Andy reports of a situation where CallVantage won’t work with Verizon FIOS,. This appears to be a case where the ActionTec router has a “technical incompatibility” that is of course, unintentional, according to Verizon’s PR representative. Andy is pretty sanguine about it: This is looking more and more like an AT&T vs. ActionTec/Verizon issue, likely…

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Triple play, not looking good for net neutrality

March 12, 2007
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I’m seeing reports from people who opted for a Triple-play service from their phone companies. From what they’re saying, this is not a good omen for the future of the open Internet marketplace. When you sign up for one of these services, you get a phone company supplied combination TV/phone/router box. It looks like the…

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More historical perspective on net neutrality

July 16, 2006
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As the politics of the Internet have shifted over the past several years away from discussions of monopoly (or duopoly) control of the last mile (or first mile), the more it becomes clear to me that the telcos have achieved a powerful win. By even making the debate be about “net neutrality” the very nature…

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Net Neutrality — unnecessary net regulation?

March 20, 2006
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In response to my Net neutrality – Circa 1996 post, Peter McDoogle writes: Lets look at the real issue here: the government stepping in where it should not. We dont need congress to step in and make regulations without any real problems to warrant the new laws. “Net Neutrality” will add regulations that slow the…

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Net neutrality – Circa 1996

March 10, 2006
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Net neutrality – Circa 1996

The The Progress and Freedom Foundation, as Marty Kaplan calls it “a corporate-funded fake think tank” has come out against Net neutrality. They say “Net neutrality is, in fact, the theft of property rights from [broadband] infrastructure providers.” Gee, seems like we’ve heard that somewhere before. I want to look at this from another perspective.…

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Two cents on Net Neutrality debate

January 20, 2006
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We have Mark Cuban, Jeff Pulver, PhoneBoy and many others posting on the subject of Net Neutrality. In some sense, they are all right (correct), but fail to get to the root of the problem. The problem isn’t a question of Net Neutrality or Tiered Services. The problem is the end result of several core…

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