Published on November 7, 2008
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.
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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