Monday, January 30, 2006

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Forbes weighs in on the two-tier internet debate (between BOCs and Content Portals like Google). There was a pipe and content pow-wow in DC on Jan. 25. Forbes sums it up as "Network neutrality suggests that anyone using the Internet would have equal access to its pipes, which the big telecom companies--who see a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow--are doing their level best to veto. They want, effectively, uneven access for those willing to pay more." BellSouth counters with: "We believe that a company that is feeding video or games or voice-over-Internet Protocol services would want their customers to have a good experience and would be willing to pay for that priority service," said Bill McCloskey, director of media relations for BellSouth.

1 comment:

Timothy Karr said...

Just an FYI.

Free Press is organizing its 220,000 activists in a letter writing campaign to pressure the CEOs of the most rapacious telephone and cable companies to keep their hands off our Internet. They're also sending letters to Congress to to ensure that they put enforceable network neutrality principles into our telecommunications laws and regulations.

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Tim Karr