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Friday, May 19, 2006

Musician Moby raises voice for Net neutrality

CNET - May 18, 2006 Net neutrality believers have officially ordained a celebrity poster child. Musician-turned-cafe-proprieter Moby turned up on Capitol Hill on Thursday to urge passage of a proposal by Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey that would write Net neutrality principles into law. Sporting his signature dark-rimmed glasses, with his head clean-shaven as usual, the artist said that a world without legally binding Net neutrality principles would mean that today's "egalitarian" Internet would be privatized by large telecommunications companies.

The Chapell View
I'll admit that I'm still not sure what to make of the Net Neutrality debate. One the one hand, it's difficult to be sympathetic to the ISPs. After all, it's not like this whole concept has snuck up on them. Colleagues of mine at Jupiter were talking about using the Internet to deliver phone and video almost ten years ago.

On the other hand, if technology and innovation are impacting the ISP's ability to make a profit (or to at least recoup their investment), then perhaps its reasonable to expect that those same ISPs will seek new ways to recoup their investments.

More on this later...
posted by Alan on Friday, May 19, 2006

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