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Net Neutrality

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A very short powerpoint to go along with a net neutrality discussion at work.

A very short powerpoint to go along with a net neutrality discussion at work.


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  • 1. NET NEUTRALITY As of June 11, 2009
  • 2. Network Neutrality The principle that the network is free of restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the equipment that may be attached, and on the modes of communication allowed, as well as one where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams. (Wikipedia)
  • 3. Something Simpler? Network Neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.
  • 4. Early Net Neutrality Concerns
  • 5. What it looks like today Stronger legislation supporting Net Neutrality 2007 Comcast blocking or throttling specific uses 2008 Time Warner Cable“Consumption Based Billing”
  • 6. Arguments Against Innovation: more money, more investment Bandwidth availability Leveling the playing field “There’s going to have to be some mechanism for these [Internet upstarts] who use these pipes to pay for the portion they’re using.” “The Internet can’t be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment.”
  • 7. Opponents Large hardware companies Cable and telecommunication industry Cisco, 3M Robert Pepper, Bob Kahn, Gerald Faulhaber
  • 8. Arguments For Innovation Preserving Internet standards Creates Artificial Scarcity Free and open communication fosters democracy Congressman Dorgon told FTC Chairwoman he feared new services as groundbreaking as Google could not get started in a system with price discrimination.
  • 9. Proponents Consumer Advocates Online companies Technology companies Google, Yahoo!, Vonage, Ebay, Amazon, Microsoft Vinton Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, Tim Wu, and Lawrence Lessig