Net Neutrality a “Dead Man Walking”

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Via Wired:

Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it.

Once upon a time, companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others declared a war on the internet’s foundational principle: that its networks should be “neutral” and users don’t need anyone’s permission to invent, create, communicate, broadcast, or share online. The neutral and level playing field provided by permissionless innovation has empowered all of us with the freedom to express ourselves and innovate online without having to seek the permission of a remote telecom executive.

But today, that freedom won’t survive much longer if a federal court — the second most powerful court in the nation behind the Supreme Court, the DC Circuit — is set to strike down the nation’s net neutrality law, a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. Some will claim the new solution “splits the baby” in a way that somehow doesn’t kill net neutrality and so we should be grateful. But make no mistake: Despite eight years of public and political activism by multitudes fighting for freedom on the internet, a court decision may soon take it away.

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6 Comments on "Net Neutrality a “Dead Man Walking”"

  1. oneironauticus | Nov 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm |


  2. InfvoCuernos | Nov 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm |

    Honestly, how long could we have expected that to last? Its a new made up resource, it was only a matter of time before the pigs started sniffing at that trough. Next up: taxing its usage.

  3. Tchoutoye | Nov 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm |

    It’s goodbye to Verizon competitors like Netflix and Skype, as David Tatel and Laurence Silberman have no qualms going down in history as the judges who killed the Internet (as we know it).

    • Lookinfor Buford | Nov 11, 2013 at 11:06 am |

      Nah, they will allow the healthy competition (think oligopoly). It’s goodbye the indy dev who might do something better. All I can say is, let’s hope someone medium size is up to the challenge of becoming a competing ISP who enforces net neutrality to the degree possible. This would be the only way to save it (think southwest holding out on baggage fees).

  4. Does anyone know — can this decision be appealed, or is there another process by which net neutrality may be preserved? Or is the author right to be so fatalistic?

  5. my mommy always said there were no monsters

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