The Craigslist guy talks Net Neutrality

Most Americans believe that if you play fair and work hard, you’ll get ahead. But this notion is threatened by legislation passed Thursday night by the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow Internet service providers to play favorites among different Web sites…Right now, the Internet is a level playing field for everyone. The wonky term for this is “Net neutrality.” When the Internet is neutral, everyone can use it, just like everyone can use public roads or airwaves. All businesses on the Internet get an equal shot at success.

Read Craigslist founder Craig Newmark’s thoughts on Net Neutrality from CNN. Explore “Network Neutrality” and contribute your knowledge of it to the Whats New Media Wiki.

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2 responses to “The Craigslist guy talks Net Neutrality

  1. HOTI

    Newmark’s comments were made what seems like ages ago in this debate, as we have a new Congress, new proposals and tons of new information. I work with the Hands Off the Internet coalition on this issue.

    As this “Economists’ Statement on Network Neutrality Policy” highlights and many others are warning, so called “net neutrality” particularly as seen in proposals like Dorgan/Snowe would do more harm than good.

    “Network neutrality is a policy proposal that would regulate how network providers manage and price the use of their networks. Congress has introduced several bills on network neutrality. Proposed legislation generally would mandate that Internet service providers exercise no control over the content that flows over their lines and would bar providers from charging particular services more than others for preferentially faster access to the Internet. These proposals must be considered carefully in light of the underlying economics. Our basic concern is that most proposals aimed at implementing net neutrality are likely to do more harm than good.”

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=976889

  2. I think that the internet, like capitalist economics, has a way of balancing itself out (more or less).

    If ISP’s start giving priority to the big spenders, then many customers will stop giving priority to those ISPs. There is little use for an ISP that won’t load the website you want to freakin’ visit – can you feel me?! Please… don’t touch me :P

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