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Bogus, Loaded, Partisan: That's Some Phone Company Poll

Posted by Jake on Wed Sep 20, 2006 at 12:54:55

You may have heard of that bogus poll showing that the American public overwhelmingly opposes Net Neutrality.

Well, consider the "bipartisan" source: The telco industry.

If it weren't so full of distortions and loaded questions, it would be worth a few yucks.

By the way, we link to it on the Senate Commerce Committee site above because we believe any intelligent person can see this for what it is.

And it makes us ask the question: If no one outside the Washington Beltway is paying attention to this issue, why are the huge telcos and cable companies spending millions and millions of dollars on advertising and lobbying campaigns to defeat Net Neutrality?

If it's such a non-issue, why bother?

And that conclusion that Americans prefer "video choice over onerous “Net Neutrality” regulations". Well, who favors ANYTHING when it's labeled as "onerous"? I mean, come on!

Before I get too exercised, here's a good analysis of the entire sorry episode from IP Democracy:
Commerce Poll on Telecom Bill Reeks of Desperation

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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
Chairman
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.

Sincerely,
Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist

cc: Members of the Committee

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The Origins of the Net Neutrality Debate

Posted by Jake on Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 11:14:20

Wade Roush writes in his Tech Coast blog that the origins of the Net Neutrality debate preceded AT&T; CEO Ed Whitacre's now famous remarks about charging for the use of his pipes.

Seems that Cisco, the router maker, has had plans for more than a year to help its clients make more money on a "tiered" Internet.

Interesting reading. And you can see it all on TechnologyReview.com.

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