Monday, June 21, 2010

Internet - Net Neutrality - #1878 - FCC Takeover of Internet Will Kill It - Hot Air

The effort by the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a “public utility” has no legal or technological basis, writes CNBC technology editor Dennis Kneale today, and should be stopped before Julius Genachowski kills the golden goose. Top-down control of the Internet in the same manner as broadcast communication and the “rotary-dial telephone” will either kill the Internet or “tame” it into stagnation and decline: For almost two decades the U.S. government has kept its meddlesome mudhooks off the Internet, freeing it to spread its kudzu-like tendrils into the global economy. And it worked. The FCC took a big step this week to end all of that. For the first time, the Federal Communications Commission proposes using a set of 75-year-old phone regulations to oversee the Net of the 21st century and have a say in the prices that companies like AT and T and Comcast can charge. And set rules for what traffic they must carry. (Comcast is acquiring a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal’ CNBC’s parent company. The deal is awaiting regulatory approval.)  Read more.......

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