Net Neutrality: Fashionable, but Not Front-Burner

Ken-Hardin

When you cover the tech press, it's easy to forget that there are other issues in the world that actually are a little more important than Google's latest internal memo.

 

The most interesting thing about this BusinessWeek article about the renewed Net Neutrality debate is an assertion from a Carnegie Mellon University professor that the new, Democratically controlled Congress might actually have more important things on its plate.

 

Early on in Net Neutrality, Round 1, we noted that some countries that would typically be considered socially progressive, say Canada, had not codified the unfettered access for all services that is at the heart of Net Neutrality.

 

When all is said and done, Net Neutrality is by-and-large still a solution in search of a problem -- whatever the potential for big ISPs choking out smaller content providers, it isn't happening right now.

 

Most of the passion on the debate lies at the ends of the political spectrum. Check out this post, which begins with the assertion that the big telcos are trying to re-write telecommunication law. News flash: Both sides of the debate are pushing for legislation to address an as-yet unregulated aspect of the market.


 

Former FCC Chair Blair Levin may have summed it up best near the close of the BusinessWeek piece: Net Neutrality is a cause celebre at both ends of the "free speech" and "non-interventionist" spectrums, but for now, it may well not have the interest of most middle-of-the-road congressmen to bring it to fruition.



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