Net Neutrality – “Get Informed – Have a Voice”

Posted: August 13, 2010 in HSO's "Hot Sports Opinions", mHealth Industry Posts
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On Monday when Google and Verizon made their joint resolution / proposal on Net Neutrality that calls for a “suggested legislative framework for consideration by lawmakers” (See Google’s original statement from Monday) it set off a firestorm of activity on the internet…

What is at stake here is the very definition of “the internet” and a possible segregating of “wireless” vs. “normal” internet usages and whether companies have the right to prioritize data and “charge” appropriately.  If you haven’t been following this debate let me help you with a frame of reference to start your research and get informed because we all need to have a voice.  Here is a brief 4 point background of this debate:

1. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2005 issued its Broadband Policy Statement (also known as the Internet Policy Statement), which lists four principles of open Internet, “To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to:”

  • access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  • run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
  • connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
  • competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers

2. In 2009 the FCC along with many of the major players began discussing “net neutrality” again specifically  around the definitions of “mobile” use of bandwidth and the rights of both companies and consumers. As a result of the original meetings FCC chairman Julius Genachowski made it clear that he wanted net neutrality in both the wired and wireless environments. (ars technica recap)

3. The talks that began in 2009 subsequently broke down with no real movement and/or agreements proposed.

4. On Monday Google and Verizon (on their own) publicly made the joint proposal…  A STORM OF WORDS / BLOGS / HSO’s (Hot Sports Opinions) ENSUED

Because the fall out was incredibly negative Google yesterday (8/12/10) issued a clarification (Google Public Policy Blog)

Here are some other voices to listen to as you get informed on this important issue:

A great debate in this weeks TWIG (This Week in Google) Podcast with Leo Laporte (Watch The Show)

Jeff Jarvis (Author of  the great book, WWGD What Would Google DoBuzz Machine Blog

Wired Magazines – Strong Response

Just  Google “Net Neutrality” and you will see that this debate and its final consequences are far from over.  As  many of us are both consumers and have a vested interest in this topic by working in the mHealth marketplace, we need to stay informed and have a voice!  For those new to the debate I hope this helps…

Let me know what you think!

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