Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
A group of internet pioneers has filed a statement with the FCC under their notice of proposed rulemaking entitled Further Inquiry into Two Under-developed Issues in the Open Internet Proceeding.

"If a service provides prioritized access to a particular application or endpoint/destination, it is not an open Internet service," writes Matthew Lasar. With the rise in specialized services and the increasing practice of traffic or bandwidth shaping (aka "throttling") questions about the future of the open internet are being raised. "Will managed or specialized services increase or reduce investment in broadband network deployment and upgrades?" the FCC asked out loud. "Will network providers provide sufficient capacity for robust broadband Internet access service on shared networks used for managed or specialized services?" The answer, of course, is that investment will flow toward the promise of greater returns, and this is less and less support for the open internet.

David Reed writes: "the Open Internet is not a closed 'service platform' or a 'walled garden', but an open interchange that crosses cultures, languages, and other traditional barriers. It would be sad if ATT, Verizon, Comcast, Google, or any other corporation were deemed to have the right to 'own' your participation in the Internet, or to decide which tiny subset of content, which tiny part of the world you are paying to communicate with."

More coverage (in part courtesy Bill St. Arnauld):
- Slashdot picks up the Grant Gross/IDG story
- Rob Powell: Definitions, Dialogue, and the FCC
- Joly Macfie/ISOC-NY: Internet to FCC dont mess!
- Grant Gross: 'Net pioneers: Open Internet should be separate (ComputerWorld; reprinted on PCWorld, NetworkWorld, CIO, ITWorld)
- Robin Chase: The Internet is not Triple Play
- Jon Lebkowsky: Advocating for the Open Internet:
- Kenneth Carter: Defining the Open Internet
- David Isenberg: Towards an Open Internet
- Paul Jones: Identifying the Internet (for the FCC)
- Gene Gaines posted the Press Release
- Brough Turner/Netblazr: Seeking Federal Recognition for the Open Internet
- David Weinberger: Identifying the Internet
- Joint Statement - On Advancing the Open Internet by Distinguishing it from Specialized Services
- Exclusive: Big Name Industry Pioneers & Experts Push FCC for Open Internet
- David Reed: A Statement from Various Advocates for an Open Internet Why I Signed On
- Jean-Jacques Sahel, EU laws already protect the open Internet

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