Net Neutrality - Net Neutrality - a principle proposed for...

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- a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the Internet that advocates no restrictions by Internet Service Providers and governments on content, sites, platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and no restrictions on the modes of communication allowed. -advocates of net neutrality have raised concerns about the ability of broadband providers to use their last mile infrastructure to block Internet applications and content (e.g., websites, services, protocols), particularly those of competitors. - last mile infastructure: final leg of delivering connectivity from a communications provider to a customer. The phrase is therefore often used by the telecommunications and cable television industries -pro neutrality: An open and non-discriminatory network is the very heart of the Internet. It’s why we have the Internet we have today, why the culture of “innovation without permission” allowed the Internet to turn into the freewheeling, distributed network in which anyone with an idea can try it out without kowtowing to the telephone or cable company. Do away with that, as the telephone and cable companies want to do, and the Internet as we know it goes away. It’s that simple. The control over what consumers see and do online would pass from the consumer to the telephone and cable companies. -it is not hurting subscriber companies: at&t: There is no reason for that result. AT&T has labored under Net Neutrality rules for the last two years. They haven’t been harmed. Their second quarter 2008 earnings per share were up 34 percent from a year ago. They even had $6 billion to buy back stock shares. Imagine if that was invested in the network. (This is the same AT&T, by the way, that wants to examine every packet that every consumer sends across the network, looking out for the interests of its pals in the entertainment industry. But that’s another story.) AT&T has been able to manage its network, and to prosper, under a Net Neutrality regime. Net neutrality is a catalyst for online innovation: - This technological revolution keeps turning because the Internet is an unrestricted free marketplace of ideas where innovators rise and fall on their merits.Net Neutrality rules once protected this free market. Without these rules, innovators are at the mercy of the network owners. We are stuck back in the Tony Soprano model, where building a new online business requires paying protection money to the boss. Think about the repercussions of simply raising money from investors in a world without Net Neutrality. WAYS INTERNET PROVIDERS CAN EXPLOIT CONSUMERS IF INTERNET IS REGULATED: Marvin Amori  at The Huffington Post. (1) Block your tweets, if you criticize Comcast's service or its merger, especially 
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