10 January 2007

"Net Neut*" again ...

It should not come as a surprise to learn of more legislative interest in the somewhat vague idea of "network neutrality" in light of the recent legislative change and in light of the AT&T/BellSouth merger. Indeed, there have been numerous actions that have been reported lately. See this from the NY Times and this, for example. Do you think the chances of legislation are better? Do you think that regulating the Internet in this way is a good idea (or meaningful, for that matter)?

Separately, you might find this report interesting, in which the authors argue that municipal ownership is the answer to network neutrality problem. Do you agree? Why or why not? Is this a first step to nationalization, ala Chavez in Venezuela?

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