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Pro-neutrality groups such as Public Knowledge, Open Internet Coalition, and members of the SavetheInternet.com Coalition, blasted the proposal as one that would only benefit industry behemoths and would be a detriment to startups, consumers, and others. They argue in favour of neutrality for all parts of the internet and against allowing service providers to block or restrict certain users over others.
“It should not be the policy of Federal Communications Commission nor Congress to allow the largest telecom and internet companies to write the regulations that determine the future of the internet,” said Benjamin Lennett, policy analyst for the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative.
The [Google and Verizon] proposal aims to ensure network (or “Net”) neutrality for wireline internet services but not for rapidly growing wireless ones.
“If we have learned anything from the failures of financial deregulation or the past administration allowing Big Oil to write our nation’s energy policy. We cannot leave it to the market to regulate itself.”
Luis Villarroel, director of investigations for the Latin American Corporation for Research of Intellectual Property for Development, or Corporación Innovarte, in Chile, fears that whatever model of neutrality is adopted in the United States will later be “exported to the rest of the world” via free trade agreements – the mode in which he says America has been pushing other solutions to issues such as domain-name resolution and internet service provider (ISP) liability.
You know...that has to be one of the most depressing posts I've ever read...if they actually manage to get their freaking dirty claws into this one last free and open channel of information we have, well lets just say I hope the world ends on 2012, may it be a quick death.
When the net neutrality ordeal broke a couple weeks ago, I knew that it was over. Despite all of the protesting, all of the fighting, the lobbying, the petitions and even the threats; there is no way to stop this. It's going to happen whether we like it or not. The powers that be have finally found a way to curtail the freedom of information on the web.
Should we allow multinational corporations to write the regulations that determine the future of the internet?
Google denies it has “sold out” on Net neutrality, calling the proposal the “best policy solution we could devise together.” “Given political realities,” the company said, “this particular issue has been intractable in Washington for several years now. At this time there are no enforceable protections … against even the worst forms of carrier discrimination against internet traffic.”
"If we're going to lead the world in economic growth, investment, innovation and job creation in the 21st century, we need broadband that is fast, affordable and open," Julius Genachowski said at a broadband summit today at the University of Minnesota.
"Achieving these goals, including preserving Internet freedom, is essential for consumers, entrepreneurs, small businesses everywhere," he added.
"Internet users, not service providers, should be deciding what content and services they get when they go on the Internet."