A joint policy proposal for an open Internet
Aug 09, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Following concerns they were about to jettison net neutrality, Google and Verizon have done the opposite, coming out with a joint statement of seven principles that speaks largely in favour of an open and neutral internet, including this: "this new nondiscrimination principle includes a presumption against prioritization of Internet traffic - including paid prioritization. So, in addition to not blocking or degrading of Internet content and applications, wireline broadband providers also could not favor particular Internet traffic over other traffic." Awesome. Via Jay Hathaway. More from Mashable. Total: 155
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Re: A joint policy proposal for an open Internet

I share the doubts expressed by 'saltrix' and 'Alain' on Jay's posting, and by the critics quoted in the NYT's more recent article. Namely "protecting the internet" won't mean a damn once there's a new "differentiated" network on which the anomaly of relatively cheap publication costs for small independent sources can be done away with. At present the internet is supported by the traffic of big and small transmitters, but if the big ones leave it may get squeezed - and if the big corporate entities find it more congenial to competerate with one another rather than with the less predictable challenges afforded by upstarts then squeeze they will. [Comment] [Permalink]

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