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Big Day for Network Neutrality

Here are lots of excellent links on the Network Neutrality issue from Kevin Taglang at The Benton Foundation:

  • Benton’s Communications-Related Headlines For Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    FCC’s Copps, Clyburn will not block network neutrality order
    FCC’s New New Net Neutrality Compromise Is Better
    FCC chairman describes network neutrality rule as down the middle
    Hands off tomorrow’s Internet
    The Network Neutrality Order: Possible Adequacy, But No Regulatory Certainty Any Time Soon
    Verizon Weighing Lawsuit Against FCC
    Public Interest Community Disappointed with FCC
    Yes, We’re Still Talking About Network Neutrality
    Internet Access Should Be Application-Agnostic
    Vote On Network Neutrality May Alter The Way We Listen Online
    The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time
    All We Want For Christmas Is Internet Equality

New book by Tim Wu called “The Best Book of 2010”

‘The Master Switch’ is the Best Book of 2010, By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed (November 14, 2010).

…In The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, Tim Wu does not examine the place of higher ed in the information economy. But I think that it is essential that our community pay attention to the lessons that he draws. In The Master Switch, Wu traces the history of the major information technology revolutions, and demonstrates how they all started with the promise of democratization and transformation and ended up with a realities of monopoly, limited choice, and restricted opportunities for expression.

….The Master Switch is a warning that if we allow ownership to consolidate in the Internet space in the name of ‘quality of service’ or ‘the logic of the market’ that we are in danger of repeating the path tread by other information technologies. Government must play a role in insuring we have a diversity of carriers, a policy of neutrality towards content, and a separation between content creators and content carriers. Our ability to disrupt the educational status quo, in terms of both improved quality and access, will depend on us not allowing the Internet industry to follow the same path towards consolidation and control that befell the information industries that have gone before.