FCC To Vote on Net Neutrality Framework on December 21

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 01 December 2010 17:19

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Net Neutrality is no doubt an important issue. Internet providers, such as Comcast, and wireless providers, such as Verizon, who offer data plans want to be able to legally control the data that we can access. They claim that they need to in order to give everyone the best quality service they can. Many users, on the other hand, believe that they should be able to access any part of the internet that exists. They believe that restricting certain websites will eventually lead to inhibition of free speech on the internet. If you'd like to learn more about this whole debacle, this is an interesting interview with Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who was one of the men who coined the phrase "Net Neutrality." In it he explains what net neutrality is and why it is a good thing for the consumer. As the debate rages on, the FCC will vote on the framework of Net Neutrality on December 21. "This framework, if adopted later this month, would advance a set of core goals: It would ensure that the Internet remains a powerful platform for innovation and job creation; it would empower consumers and entrepreneurs; it would protect free expression; it would increase certainty in the marketplace, and spur investment both at the edge and in the core of our broadband networks," said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. More can be read about this here. If you care at all about the future use of the internet, I encourage you to call both the FCC and your congressmen and voice your opinion.