Big Week for Net Neutrality

by: AdamGreen

Wed Apr 16, 2008 at 02:12

This Thursday afternoon, Internet advocates across the country will be watching what happens at Stanford University. All 5 commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission will hold a rare public hearing on the future of the Internet.

A big topic of discussion: Net Neutrality, the First Amendment of the Internet. For those of you near Stanford, the good folks at Free Press have a whole resource page about the hearing.

For Net Neutrality enthusiasts everywhere, here's an analogy for Net Neutrality I hadn't heard before -- a restaurant service comparison. What do you think?

Oh, and for those of you in DC kicking yourselves for not being able to make it to Stanford, relax. You get your turn next week when the Senate Commerce Committee holds a similar hearing April 22. (Strategically planned on the exact same day as the Pennsylvania primary, to maximize news coverage.)

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Some criticisms (4.00 / 1)
You could have made a pun with computer servers and resturant servers.

Also a better analogy would be to phones because phones were the original reason why we never needed net neutrality before.  Because phone lines have rules against this stuff.

Imagine that as you currently are you have a phone that can call anyone.  Without that rule in place you would have the phone say charge the hospital for calls to arbys.  So if arbys doesn't pay the bill they want you can call them, but you wont be able to hear what they say as the quality is too poor.

It would be the same with your friends.  They didn't pay, so why should you be able to call them either?  Its the phone companies lines.  Why should you be able to call your friends if they haven't paid the additional phone bill?

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Thanks for the info Adam.

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I was thinking of a similar analogy... (4.00 / 1)
In my analogy it's a cafeteria and people who buy special red trays get to cut in line. If the cafeteria gets busy with people with red trays the blue tray people will never get to eat.

Net neutrality supports don't oppose charging a premium for a faster experess cafeteria line (charge more for broadband) but they do oppose allowing people in the same line to be treated differently.

John McCain got to hide that hearing away... (0.00 / 0)
"You get your turn next week when the Senate Commerce Committee holds a similar hearing April 22. (Strategically planned on the exact same day as the Pennsylvania primary, to maximize news coverage.)"

I love how certain issues are hidden away in the congressional coverage by "the media", they will be busy chasing elitist hating groundhogs in PA....the bastards tried the same thing a few years back when the FCC was going to let the friendly folks at Clear Channel turn the airwaves into even more of a monopoly (is that possible)than it is now. Russ Feingold stood up and knocked that sucker down..but the "public hearings" were almost non existent.

millions of dollars to lobbyists..the real and only growth industry in this country.

thanks for the vid and reminder Adam.

I contacted the site..they still had Denny Fatasstert listed as the Il-14 district rep. Bill Foster has the gig now...for the time being anyway.


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