An excellent primer on net neutrality

May 9, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

Net Neutrality is not about government takeover of the Internet.   This claim of a government takeover is a lie being spread by Republicans who have taken steps to give the big telecoms control over the kinds of programs you can make use of over the Internet and the kind of content that is freely accessible.

Please, take a only a minute or two, to join me and take action on this critical issue. Your voice is needed to counteract AT&T’s annual $15 Million in campaign contributions, and 93 full-time lobbyists.

In this video, Senator Al Franken explains net neutrality, using YouTube as the perfect example. I’ve been following this issue closely for several years, but I’ve never before heard net neutrality explained more clearly than Senator Franken explains it here:

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    I received the following email from Free Press today:

    What if your Internet service provider told you what kind of computer you could use and what kind of software you could run on it? Would you stand for it?

    It's not a theoretical question. Verizon Wireless and other mobile carriers, with Google's help, are blocking Android applications they don't like from the Android Market.

    All of these companies are harming innovation and openness. But Verizon's actions are actually illegal. That's why we filed a complaint with the FCC, calling out Verizon for blatantly breaking the FCC's "open access" rules by blocking apps that can be used on its 4G network.

    Two years ago, the FCC licensed Verizon Wireless to use a valuable chunk of the public airwaves — or spectrum — for its 4G data service. Thanks to Free Press' efforts, this spectrum came with a set of "open access" conditions: Verizon could not block any devices or applications from connecting to its new 4G network.

    Then, last month, tech blogs reported that several carriers, including Verizon, asked Google to remove wireless tethering applications — which turn smartphones into Wi-Fi hotspots — from Google's open Android Market, effectively blocking them from being used on all networks, including 4G.

    Verizon was the only carrier with a legal requirement to keep its 4G network open — but it ignored the FCC's rule. If Verizon is allowed to ignore the law, what's to stop it from blocking other applications it doesn't like?

    Open networks are the key to our mobile future:

    Urge the FCC to hold Verizon accountable for breaking the law.

    The carriers' rationale for blocking tethering apps is clear enough — they want to charge their customers up to $30/month to do what these apps do for free.

    But mobile users already pay high rates for mobile data plans. Whether these plans are unlimited or capped, the type of applications and data we use — or the device we use to access them — shouldn't matter.

    Click here to urge the FCC to investigate Verizon's illegal app blocking.

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