It's Our Net Filing with the FCC: Press Call

Wed Oct 25, 2006 at 03:10:26

The It's Our Net Coaltion filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday regarding the AT&T-BellSouth; merger.

We answered questions from reporters during a conference call after making the filing. You can listen to the 24-minute discussion here. (This file is 15 megabytes and may take a while to download, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.)

As we noted in our blog, AT&T; has already proposed some conditions for approval of the merger and we are urging the FCC to revise them “so that the merged company is required to abide by tailored nondiscrimination requirements guaranteeing evenhanded treatment of all Internet-based applications, content, and services traffic traversing its broadband facilities, regardless of its source, destination, or ownership.”

You can read our eight-page filing in PDF format here.

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Our Pollster's Take: Recent 'Bipartisan' Survey on Network Neutrality

Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 04:31:27

Kellyanne Conway -- president and CEO of the polling company, inc, who has provided polling services to the It's Our Net Coalition -- analyzed that so-called bipartisan poll that came out a few weeks ago. Without making a big deal about it, we thought it would be instructive for her thoughts to be made available.

Kellyanne concluded:

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It's Our Net Coalition Reacts to FTC Chairman Majoras’ Call for a Task Force to Review Net Neutrality

Tue Aug 22, 2006 at 03:24:17

August 22, 2006

We welcome Chairman Majoras’ examination of Net Neutrality through the newly-formed Internet Access Task Force. We look forward to providing comprehensive input to the task force as it studies this most crucial issue.

We agree that competition is clearly an important issue in the Net Neutrality debate. As consumers know and data from the Federal Communications Commission bears out, more than 99 percent of broadband access is controlled by the phone and cable companies. That does not constitute anything like a competitive market. That is a failed market.

As we’ve said from the beginning of this battle, we do not seek new regulation. We merely ask that Congress reinstate the non-discrimination protections that have always formed the underpinning of last-mile access to the Internet. We trust that the Internet Access Task Force will recognize that Net Neutrality is vital if consumers are to continue to enjoy an open, robust and innovative Internet.

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Hey! Take a Look at Our Ads

Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 11:03:05

We're not spending millions and millions on advertizing each week like the anti-Net Neutrality forces, but we have placed some ads rather strategically over the last few months.

If you have not seen them, take a look:

Here's another:

And, finally:

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Vint Cerf to Senate: Don't Wait; Enact Net Neutrality!

Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 10:34:02

Vint Cerf, a vice president at It's Our Net Coalition member Google, fired off a letter to the members of the Senate Commerce Committee to "correct the record" of what he really said recently in Europe, as opposed to what opponents of Net Neutrality have claimed in newspaper ads.

Here is Cerf's letter:

3 August 2006

The Honorable Ted Stevens
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
508 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman:

I write to reiterate my strong belief that Congress should enact meaningful Net Neutrality safeguards as part of any telecommunications reform legislation. Recently, opponents of an open Internet have funded an expensive print and media campaign using selective quotations from a speech I gave overseas. The thrust of this campaign is to suggest, absurdly, that I believe Net Neutrality legislation is unnecessary this year. I assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.

While opponents of Net Neutrality have chosen to highlight a portion of a sentence from my response to a purely hypothetical question, they deliberately failed to provide the quote in context, or provide the full excerpt. Indeed, according to a July 4, 2006 Reuters story, I concluded my answer by saying:

“If we are not successful in our arguments ... then we will simply have to wait until something bad happens and then we will make known our case to the Department of Justice’s antitrust division.”

Until, not unless. The entirety of my comments clearly indicate that I continue to believe, as I have since Bob Kahn and I worked on the development of TCP-IP three decades ago, that anti-competitive, discriminatory behavior on the part of network operators is inevitable in the absence of meaningful non-discrimination protections. As I said in testimony before your Committee, without these safeguards, I believe that the publicly accessible Internet itself would never have developed.

Google remains deeply committed to working with you and the other Members of Congress to ensure that strong and effective Net Neutrality safeguards are enacted to promote and protect consumer access to and use of the Internet. I appreciate the opportunity to correct the record.

Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist

cc: Members of the Committee

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