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[News] Movement for Net Neutrality Grows in Europe and the US

  • Subject: [News] Movement for Net Neutrality Grows in Europe and the US
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:41:49 +0100
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Do We Need an OpenInternet.gov.uk or OpenInternet.eu?

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| You may have noticed yesterday that some of our American 
| cousins were getting excited about a speech made by Julius 
| Genachowski, Chairman of the US Federal Communications 
| Commission, and a new Web site he announced: 
| OpenInternet.gov. There you can either read his words, or 
| watch a video of them. Either way, you will probably be 
| struck by his constant harping on a theme dear to our 
| heart: openness, and its importance to the Internet.


The Day Real Internet Freedom Died: Our Forbes Op-Ed on Net Neutrality Regulation

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| There was a time, not so long ago, when the term âInternet 
| Freedomâ actually meant what it implied: a cyberspace free 
| from over-zealous legislators and bureaucrats. For a few 
| brief, beautiful moments in the Internetâs history (from 
| the mid-90s to the early 2000s), a majority of Netizens and 
| cyber-policy pundits alike all rallied around the flag of 
| âHands Off the Net!â From censorship efforts, encryption 
| controls, online taxes, privacy mandates and infrastructure 
| regulations, there was a general consensus as to how much 
| authority government should have over cyber-life and our 
| cyber-liberties. Simply put, there was a âpresumption of 
| libertyâ in all cyber-matters.
| Those days are now gone; the presumption of online liberty 
| is giving way to a presumption of regulation. A massive 
| assault on real Internet freedom has been gathering steam 
| for years and has finally come to a head. Ironically, 
| victory for those who carry the banner of âInternet 
| Freedomâ would mean nothing less than the death of that 
| freedom.


Declaration of Communication Rights

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| Last week, SÃrgio Amadeu published an excellent text about 
| the Brazilian National Conference of Communication and in 
| the text, he lists what he considers the rights of citizens 
| in communication through digital networks.
| On past weekend, I met with him and some friends, and 
| agreed that the drafting of a statement like this is very 
| important, because through it, we can express a number of 
| concepts that define the world of free (as in freedom) 
| communication on the Internet that we fight both to build 
| and maintain.We also agree that this statement should not 
| necessarily be only Brazilian, but it could be adopted (and 
| therefore developed with the assistance) of communities 
| around the world.


Clearwire Supports Net Neutrality? Does No One Remember Its History?

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| How quickly people forget. With the FCC's announcement 
| about support for net neutrality legislation the PR and 
| lobbying machines of the major telco and cable providers 
| have cranked up, putting out all sorts of fear mongering 
| letters and reports about the damage such a law will do. 
| There was one interesting exception.



FCC announces plan to protect access to an open Internet

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| During a speech at the Brookings Institution this
| morning, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined a
| proposal for explicit rules that would protect consumer
| access to an open Internet. The proposed rules would
| preserve "network neutrality," preventing broadband-
| based Internet providers from discriminating against
| certain services, applications, or viewpoints on the
| Web, and requiring providers to be transparent about
| their network management practices.


Neutrality Begins at Home

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| Comcast and Vonage have been pretending to be friends
| for a while now. Itâs all part of the âWe donât really
| need that old Net Neutralityâ song Comcast and the
| other big ISPs have been singing, including the verse
| that says Vonage is okay by them.


FCC To Introduce Net Neutrality Rule

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| Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications
| Commission, plans to propose a new so-called net neutrality rule
| Monday that could prevent telecommunications, cable and wireless
| companies from blocking Internet applications, according to
| sources at the agency.

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