[LINK] What 'Net Neutrality' comes down to

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sat Oct 15 10:55:23 AEDT 2011

[Catching up with old news, but it hasn't been mentioned here]

The US extreme-right-wing 'business must be allowed to cheat' lobby 
succeeded in watering down the FCC's attempt at 'net neutrality', and 
the very soft principles may be watered down further by the courts.

FCC's own summary of what they declared on 23 Sep 2011 wef 20 Nov 2011 is:

1.  Transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose 
the network management practices, performance characteristics, and 
commercial terms of their broadband services

[Fairness?  Don't be silly!  That would be interventionist.]

2.  No Blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful 
content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile 
broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block 
applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services

3.  No Unreasonable Discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not 
unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic

Final 'open Internet' rules (44pp. of PDF) at:

Caustic articles at:

Wikipedia contributors have struggled manfully (personfully?) with 
the topic:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_neutrality

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