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FCC’s new Open Internet Blog

The Federal Communications Commission has a new blog: blog.openinternet.gov. The blog is intended to have “expert commentary from FCC staff on how best to preserve the Internet’s openness and questions that arise during this debate.” And, in the first post on the site, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski says, “Our staff hopes to use this forum not only to share ideas but also to receive them. We encourage all visitors to weigh in with their own thoughts and engage in an open dialogue.”

Want a flavor of the blog? Try this bit about network neutrality from a post by the Jon Peha, the FCC’s Chief Technologist:

Back in the 1980s, I spent much of my time thinking about an obscure topic – how to manage the flow of packets around the Internet, particularly if anyone were ever crazy enough to try telephone-like or TV-like services over what was obviously just a computer network. Like most grad students, I thought my dissertation topic was important to everyone. Sometimes after parties, my girlfriend at that time would remind me that a handful of engineers might care about such things, but normal humans, including lawyers like her, never would. But two decades later, it was mostly lawyers who were grappling with critical decisions on this topic, while most engineers paid little attention.

The blog will also offer timely information on the FCC’s latest activities to preserve an open Internet.

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