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Week Nine Net Neutrality And News

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Published on November 7, 2008

Author: wmacphail

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Net Neutrality and News Week Nine

What is Net Neutrality? And, what does Nemo have to do with it?

Net Neutrality Isn’t New It was a problem for telegraph companies

Net Neutrality Isn’t New It was a problem for telephone companies

Now, it’s our problem. And here’s what the problem is.

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The Internet was supposed to be dumb. It was meant to be content, application and origin agnostic.

The Internet was supposed to be dumb All traffic was equal

This was the principle of Common Carriage as if the Internet were a public utility

Telcos want to change that Competitors and Telcos and partners alternative voices

Telcos want to change that P2P traffic Non-P2P or non-telco VOIP telco VOIP

This is where Nemo comes in A clear pipe from the dentist’s office to Sydney Harbour

Telcos want to play traffic cop Content telco partners Content telco partners don’t like approve of or sell

Alternative Voices on Tight Budgets Content telco partners approve of or sell

Telcos want to create a tiered internet

It happened to ham radio operators and it’s starting to happen now.

Examples • 2005 - Telus blocks union site during strike • 2006 - AOL blocks anti-AOL website • 2006 - Cox Cable blocks craigslist • 2007 - Verizon blocks text messages from pro- choice group • 2007 - Comcast throttles BitTorrent traffic • 2008 - Rogers and Bell throttle bandwidth

Why Does it Matter for News? • Reduces diversity of voices • Accelerates concentration of media ownership • Links media, industry and government • Turns a public utility into a corporate playground • Harms democracy • Stifles innovation

What’s Being Done? • SaveOurNet.org • moveon.org • Michael Geist • CAIP • Charlie Angus, NDP

Steve Anderson SaveOurNet.ca

Thank you for your kind attention

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