On Wed, 08 Feb 2006 08:41:31 +0000, Roy Schestowitz
>PDF therein, which contains Vent Cerf's statement. For those not wishing to
>read an 8-pager (plenty of dross), here are the key sentences, which were
>underlined in the document. In order of appearance):
>* Allowing broadband carriers to control what people see and do online would
>fundamentally undermine the principles that have made the Internet such a
>* Finally, we would do well to take important lessons from other countries.
>Whatever metric one uses, the United States lags behind other developed
>countries in the deployment and use of high-speed connections to the
>Internet. Ironically, many such countries employ the same principles of
>network openness and nondiscrimination that helped shape our own experience
>of the Internet.
>The Internet has become an immense catalyst for economic growth and
>prosperity, in this country and around the world. However, our nation is
>risking the loss of that catalyst, just when the broadband era should be
>creating the most benefits for the most people. Allowing the interests of
>network owners to shackle the Internet could severely undercut our nation?s
>ability to compete effectively in the global market. We must do all we can
>to preserve the fundamental enabling principles of the Internet: user
>choice, innovation, and global competitiveness.
The problem they have in the States is that a whole new breed of
vested interests are threatening to wipe the old order out. This is
not a problem in the underdeveloped countries as there aren't any
existing entrenched vested interests. It really looks like bye-bye
America, doesn't it?
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