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Net Neutrality outline - Net Neutrality Defined as A...

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Net Neutrality: Defined as: - A principle proposed for user access networks participating in the Internet that advocates: o no restrictions by ISPs (Internet Service Providers) & governments on the content, sites, platforms, kinds of equipment that may be attached, and no restrictions on the modes of communication allowed Platform of the Internet: - An open and non-discriminatory network - Culture of “innovation without permission” allowed the Internet to turn into a freewheeling, distributed network - Internet’s marketplace enhances speech through its decentralized, neutral, nondiscriminatory pipe that carries data from origin to destination without interference - Neutrality promotes open discourse o Consumers, not gatekeepers, decide what sites to access among millions of choices - Internet structure facilitates free speech, innovations and competition on a global scale, providing access to a mass audience at little or no cost - Nobody owns the internet; instead the Internet belongs to everyone who uses it - ¾ of all the adults in the US, 147 million people, use the internet o 2/3 of American adults use the Internet daily - Neutrality rules have made this growth possible - Perez Hilton: 2 billion people world wide will be on the Internet by end of 2010 Good Things Resulting from a neutral Internet environment - Political candidates raise more money online with each election cycle - Newspaper websites and independent blogs have revolutionized the ways news and media are disseminated and consumed - Opened up new performance venues to emerging artists and entertainers - Internet has become one of the most powerful outlets for creativity and free speech - A blogger can compete on a level playing field with news giants like CNN or the New York Times - Independent musicians can stand equal with a record label - Citizen advocates can have as loud a voice as politicians - Internet is the 21 st century’s leading marketplace - Internet is becoming the general purpose communications network on which all Americans rely for both business and personal reasons - There are clearly insufficient protections in place for speech and innovations on line Why We Shouldn’t Regulate: - Violation of net neutrality
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- Net neutrality is a catalyst for online innovation
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