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Net Neutrality: A simple guide

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| Google's recently announced plan to set up 
| trial fiber optic networks in the US with 
| ultra-high speed Internet connections puts 
| the long running national debate over Net 
| Neutrality back into high gear.
| A hot topic of discussion and debate in 
| government and telecom circles since at 
| least 2003, Net Neutrality, actually 
| involves a broad array of topics, 
| technologies and players


Net Throttling Hasn't Stopped

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| Canadian Internet service providers fall 
| short on net neutrality rules, testing 
| CRTC's patience.


Ridiculous Arguments: Net Neutrality Would Mean No iPhones

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| I've said it before, and I'll say it again: 
| I'm very much against enforcing net 
| neutrality through legislation (too many 
| unintended consequences) but I'm stunned at 
| the ridiculous and totally bogus reasons 
| given by those fighting against those 
| regulations in support of their claims. The 
| latest on this front is Stephen Titch, a 
| policy analyst at the Reason Foundation (a 
| group whose work I usually think is quite 
| good), coming out with a policy brief 
| making the ludicrous argument that network 
| neutrality would mean no more iPhones. 



Parties Lobby FCC on Net Neutrality

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| The Recording Industry Association of
| America and the Motion Picture Association
| of America have an established love-hate
| relationship with the Internet. Perhaps
| more hate-hate. The recording and motion
| picture industries are still struggling to
| find their footing and adapt to a world
| where MP3's replaced CD's, and where
| streaming movies are replacing DVD's.
| Dating back to the early days of Napster,
| the RIAA and MPAA have lobbied for
| legislation and leveraged the court system
| to combat online piracy. In its filing on
| net neutrality with the FCC, the RIAA wrote
| "we encourage the FCC to stay its course
| and explicitly support, encourage, and
| endorse ISP efforts to fight piracy."
| On the opposite end of the spectrum, the
| EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is
| urging individuals to join its petition to
| convince the FCC to remove language from
| the proposed net neutrality guidelines
| which provide a legal loophole for the
| entertainment industry to "hijack the
| Internet."


RIAA tells FCC: ISPs need to be copyright cops

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| The U.S. Federal Communications Commission
| should avoid adopting strict net neutrality
| rules that would limit broadband providers'
| flexibly to "address" illegal online file
| sharing, the Recording Industry Association
| of America said in comments filed with the
| FCC on Thursday.
| Internet service providers should have
| authority to block subscribers from sharing
| music and other files without permission of
| the copyright owner, the RIAA said. "ISPs
| are in a unique position to limit online
| theft," the RIAA said in its comments.
| "They control the facilities over which
| infringement takes place and are singularly
| positioned to address it at the source.
| Without ISP participation, it is extremely
| difficult to develop an effective
| prevention approach."


Secret copyright treaty debated in DC: must-see video

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| Two recurring points that Metalitz raised
| were that the secrecy in the treaty was a
| requirement of foreign negotiating
| partners, and the US's hands were tied; and
| that the treaty wouldn't require any of the
| "advanced" nations to change their law (he
| repeated the oft-heard unfounded slur that
| Canada is a rogue nation when it comes to
| copyright law).
| Both of these points are simply wrong. The
| country demanding that ACTA be kept secret
| is the good old US of A, whose strategy for
| this is being driven by former
| entertainment industry lawyers who have
| found new homes as senior officials in the
| Obama government (the Democrats are
| terrible on copyright, sadly -- we can
| thank Bill Clinton for the Digital
| Millennium Copyright Act). These lawyers
| are Metalitz's old pals, his colleagues in
| the decades he's spent winning special
| privileges and public subsidy for his rich
| clients.


RIAA: Net neutrality shouldn't inhibit antipiracy

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| The lobbying group for the top four
| recording companies wants to make sure that
| when regulations on Net neutrality are
| adopted, they don't impede antipiracy
| efforts.
| That's why the Recording Industry
| Association of America on Thursday asked
| the Federal Communications Commission to
| "adopt flexible rules" that free Internet
| service providers to fight copyright theft.

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