Tag Archives: net neutrality

Introducing the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group

If there is any one common theme that has arisen from the years-long policy debate surrounding network neutrality, reasonable network management and preserving an open Internet experience – it’s that there is no simple solution and the entire Internet ecosystem must be engaged with a common purpose to continue providing consumers with a great Internet […]

Free Press Didn’t Invent the Internet – But They Do Want to Re-Define It

Yesterday, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced his intent to launch a proceeding exploring a new regulatory framework for broadband services.  Since then, there’s been lots of commentary from industry (including our own statement here), Wall Street analysts, and pro-regulation advocates. Amidst all the storm and fury, I want to highlight an important passage in Chairman Genachowski’s […]

Providers Back Web Freedom

The column below appeared today in The USA Today, as an opposing view to a USA Today editorial. Opposing view on ‘Net neutrality’: Providers back Web freedom By Kyle McSlarrow On Tuesday, a federal court struck down a Federal Communications Commission order enforcing a rule that the agency hadn’t ever actually adopted. The court’s decision […]

On Net Neutrality and the First Amendment

Today, NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow gave a speech at the Media Institute, the nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy issues. Fittingly, since the Institute is very focused on issues of freedom of speech, the address focused on “net neutrality” and the First Amendment. You can read the speech here, but I thought […]

Net Neutrality Debate Tonight

NCTA’s Executive Vice President, James Assey, will be participating tonight in an Oxford-style debate on net neutrality, presented by Tech Debate as part of Web 2.0 Expo New York. The participants will debate the motion “A network neutrality law is necessary.“ Arguing for the motion will be Professor Tim Wu, venture capitalist Brad Burnham and […]

A Reminder of What "Net Neutrality" Is Really About

More than a year ago, I put up a post expressing my pleasure about how the “net neutrality” discussion had evolved over time. Specifically, I focused on the comments of Vint Cerf between 2006 and 2008, when he seemed to move from arguing that the Internet must be “open and neutral,” to saying that “the […]

Genachowski Proposes New Rules

Yesterday, during a speech at the Brookings Institute, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules that would affect Internet access providers. Saying the FCC must be a "smart cop on the beat preserving a free and open Internet," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Monday proposed adding two new Internet access principles to the existing four, and […]

How the “neutrality” debate has evolved

Earlier this week, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf said something that brightened my day. …the real question for today’s broadband networks is not whether they need to be managed, but rather how. We couldn’t agree more, since I’ve expressed that same sentiment once or twice or thrice. Network managers know that networks need to […]

More Reactions to Comcast/BitTorrent Decision

Coverage of today’s meeting and some reaction to the decision… Richard Bennet of Broadband Politics: A sad day for the Internet Randolph J. May of the Free State Foundation: Hard Cases Make Bad Law: On Regulatory Bits and Torrents–Part II Barbara Esbin of The Progress & Freedom Foundation: Legally and Procedurally Suspect and Misguided as […]

NCTA Reaction to FCC Decision on Comcast/BitTorrent Complaint

During an Opening Meeting this morning, the FCC issued an adjudication in the matter of “Formal Complaint of Free Press and Public Knowledge Against Comcast Corporation for Secretly Degrading Peer-to-Peer Applications.” The FCC said that Comcast’s “degrading” of certain Internet content was in violation of “federal policies” and were against the policy of reasonable network […]