New Battlefronts Emerge on Net Neutrality
by Devanshu Mehta
A few interesting developments on the Network Neutrality front:
- First up, this piece by *Adam Penenberg*, the journalist who was played by Steve Zahn in Shattered Glass, has a “great piece on the whole issue at Slate”:http://www.slate.com/id/2134397/.
- More recently, *Tim Wu* had a “fantastic piece on Slate”:http://www.slate.com/id/2140850/fr/rss/ that details why anyone should care about the issue. He says:
ow would you feel if I-95 announced an exclusive deal with General Motors to provide a special “rush-hour” lane for GM cars only? That seems intuitively wrong. But what, if anything, is the difference between KFC and I-95? And which is a better model for the Internet?
- *The Senate* failed to grow a backbone and “punted the issue to the FCC”:http://www.redherring.com/article.aspx?a=16708 but there was this bit in there:
In addition, a number of committee members mentioned the growing protest over Net neutrality during the debate. Supporters of Net neutrality hope their protests can derail the Houseâ€™s proposed legislation and affect legislation in the Senate.
- And finally, good old *Ed Markey*, representative from the great state of Massachusetts, has regrouped and worked out this:
Despite early setbacks, the Net neutrality forces are regrouping and their first major counterattack comes in the form of a new bill proposed by a group of Democrats that goes well past two other telecommunications bills by strictly barring phone companies from establishing Internet tolls.