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4.4 COMPETITION FOR VALUE ACROSS THE ECOSYSTEM

“The Internet’s openness, and the transparency of its protocols, [has] been critical to its success.” As the FCC’s NPRM on Preserving the Open Internet explains, broadband is a powerful engine for innovation and investment in America in part because the Internet is an open platform, where anyone can communicate and do business with anyone else on a level playing field. The open Internet “ensures that users are in control of the content that they send and receive,” and that inventors and entrepreneurs “do not require the securing of permission” to innovate.

The NPRM notes that these characteristics have made the Internet vibrant, and its continued health and growth—as well as broadband’s ability to drive the many benefits discussed in this plan—depend on its continued openness “[B]roadband providers’ ability to innovate and develop valuable new services must coexist with the preservation of the free and open Internet that consumers and businesses of all sizes have come to depend on.”

In the latest step in a longstanding effort to ensure these interests remain balanced, the FCC adopted the NPRM on Preserving the Open Internet in October 2009, which launched a rulemaking process that is currently underway. The NPRM asked for public comment on six proposed principles:

  1. Content. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service may not prevent any of its users from sending or receiving the lawful content of the user’s choice over the Internet.
  2. Applications and services. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service may not prevent any of its users from running the lawful applications or using the lawful services of the user’s choice.
  3. Devices. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service may not prevent any of its users from connecting to and using on its network the user’s choice of lawful devices that do not harm the network.
  4. Competitive Options. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service may not deprive any of its users of the user’s entitlement to competition among network providers, application providers, service providers and content providers.
  5. Nondiscrimination. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service must treat lawful content, applications and services in a nondiscriminatory manner.
  6. Transparency. Subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service must disclose such information concerning network management and other practices as is reasonably required for users and content, application and service providers to enjoy the protections specified in this part.

The proposed rules also make clear that the principles would not supersede any obligation or limit the ability of broadband providers to deliver emergency communications or address the needs of law enforcement, public safety or homeland security authorities, consistent with applicable law.

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Lawrence Lessig to the FCC: "Neutral Networks Work"
Harold Feld at Stanford Hearing
Robb Topolski on Comcast TCP Resets
FCC Net Neutrality Hearing at Stanford by MediaCenter

David L Cohen, Comcast, Cambridge
CAUGHT: Comcast Paying to Push Public Out of Internet Debate

 

Google Verizon Plan

 

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