Grant Telecom Industry Control Of The Internet
giants like AT&T and Google have been in a battle over proposed “net neutrality” rules involving the speed
and affordability of Internet services to U.S. broadband customers.
nutshell, AT&T which has a grip on the growing Internet telephone services, and Google, which is building its control
over the visual services like television, film and video imaging, have been squabbling over a need to cooperate in handling
the growing volume of Web traffic. At stake is billions of dollars in private investments needed to upgrade the broadband
network so customers get the services their new high-speed computers are built to deliver.
his campaign, President Barack Obama said he supported net neutrality, and the Federal Communication Commission has just outlined
new rules that would require Internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast and the others to deliver Web traffic on demand
and at the speeds sought by business and private customers.
that is a simplified version of a very complex issue that has been boiling in the halls and conference rooms of the telecom
services for months.
is that federal legislators are now getting involved in this issue, and you can bet your whistle that the telcom industry
has been lobbying heavily in an effort to manipulate the outcome.
Senator John McCain who has introduced a bill called the “Internet Freedom Act,” which he promises “will
keep the Internet free from government control and regulation.”
far can you trust a Republican these days, especially one who has taken campaign money from telecom lobbyists?
to reports by people who have looked into this issue, the Republican strategy is to “paint Net neutrality as government
control of the Internet." In reality, it is quite the opposite. The only control is that the FCC wants to block broadband
service providers from controlling the speed and quality of service they are providing.
bill would allow Internet service providers to slow down or interrupt Internet content or application of their choosing.
It would, in effect, block the FCC from making Net neutrality the law of the land.
like that is pretty scary because it not only gives service providers the freedom to control the speed and cost of Internet
service, it would give them power over controlling what web writers report and what we are allowed to read. It is the last
bastion of media freedom and this is a concerted effort to control it.
think you can trust the providers to maintain the kind of freedoms we have been enjoying on the Internet, you are na´ve.
in the days just after 9-11, this web site was using a program hosted by Yahoo. After writing articles criticizing President
George W. Bush for his decision to block federal dollars for stem cell research on religious and moral grounds, and suggesting
there was a better way to respond to Al-Qaeda terrorists than attacking the whole nation of Afghanistan, I found access to
my web site blocked.
not allowed back into the site for over a month. By then I had changed hosts and I never returned to Yahoo. I would not recommend
the Yahoo web site for anyone that plans to write political commentary.
is the kind of control the McCain bill could impose on all of the Internet sites publishing within the United States.