Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Madison stands up for Net Neutrality

The local stubbornly refuses to become virtual media lard:

Just as creative initiatives on veteran rehab are happening in the coalminer country of Johnstown, PA, so Madison, WI is out in front on Net Neutrality and local regulation. Frank Paynter offers a series of good reasons, including:
carefully developed public policy regulation in the area of Net Neutrality will effectively thwart attempts by broadband behemoths to block, impair, or degrade a consumer's ability to access any lawful Internet content, application, or service; will protect the right to attach any device for use with a broadband connection; will ensure that phone and cable companies cannot favor themselves or affiliated parties to the detriment of other broadband competitors, innovators, and independent entrepreneurs; and will prohibit the broadband Internet providers from charging extra fees and warping the web in a multi-tiered network of bandwidth haves and have-nots;
Dane101, the collaborative blog of Madison (who knew Madison was in Denmark?), announces that the city will address the issue on March 20th. And there's a next step, says Jesse Russell:
If this passes on March 20, Madison needs to go one farther. We need to pass a regulation for localized protections of network neutrality and in order for a telecom to operate in the city limits, they need to respect those protocols.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous HandsOff43 said...

Tom, Why so concerned over this so called net neutrality issue? Do you have trouble accessing websites? Why make laws to block competition?

Have you seen this short video on net neutrality? It does a good job breaking it down. btw, in the spirit of disclosure, I am consulting for Hands Off the Internet Coalition.

3/08/2007 1:57 PM  
Blogger Comet Star Moon said...

Madison is in Dane County.

3/08/2007 5:22 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

Mr. handsoff43 - thanks for sharing. I'd be curious to get a little more info on the video you linked to, which I did watch. Preliminarily:

1. Who is the dude in the white lab coat?

2. Why is he wearing a white lab coat?

3. Who designed, cast, and wrote the video?

4. Where was it shot - i.e., both the corporate location, and the geographical location?

5. Who handled the camera? Who did the graphix?

There's plenty to discuss vis a vis the "content" of the piece, but it seems fair to ascertain first of all how it came into being, so I'd have some idea who and what I'd in fact be responding to. You know how it is with this unbridled Internet, free of corporate ownership and control - they let #$#@#$ anybody say anything on here!

3/08/2007 9:50 PM  
Blogger Scruggs said...

Tom, HandJob43 won't be coming back, but if the bot did, I'm sure it would want to leave its SourceWatch profile for your consideration.

3/09/2007 10:42 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

Any social propaganda machine that uses handjob consultants is obviously progressive, forward grasping, and pull, not push technology.

3/10/2007 8:02 AM  

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