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Submission + - FCC Vote: Reactions Are Pouring In ( 1

wiredmikey writes: It’s now official. At 1:05 pm Eastern Time today the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to enact a controversial set of proposed rules on network neutrality, effectively getting the government into the business of regulating the Internet in ways it hasn’t done before. Congressional Republicans are already planning on holding hearings next year. The reactions are all over the map, and no one is exactly happy. Arik Hesseldahl collected a few of the reaction statements....
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FCC Vote: Reactions Are Pouring In

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  • I think Doc Searls and David Weinberger say it best:

    What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else.

    * No one owns it.
    * Everyone can use it.
    * Anyone can improve it.

    Because the Internet is an agreement, it doesn't belong to any one person or group. Not the incumbent companies that provide the backbone. Not the ISPs that provide our connections. Not the hosting companies that rent us servers. Not the industry associations that believe their existence is threatened by what the rest of us do on the Net. Not any government, no matter how sincerely it believes that it's just trying to keep its people secure and complacent.

    To connect to the Internet is to agree to grow value on its edges. And then something really interesting happens. We are all connected equally. Distance doesn't matter. The obstacles fall away and for the first time the human need to connect can be realized without artificial barriers.

    The Internet gives us the means to become a world of ends for the first time.

    Net Neutrality is a non-issue because it is a fundamental constituent of the agreement that is the Internet. If you want to get rid of Net Neutrality, you have to get rid of the Internet. []

    Sorry for the cross-post with another story; I think the points made on that site are rather important to the matter at hand.

Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence. -- Dijkstra