August 16, 2010

On KQED talking Google, Verizon & Net Neutrality

It’s amazing how upset people can get from a letter

David SparkOn Friday night I appeared on KQED’s “This Week in Northern California” discussing the open letter Google and Verizon cowrote to the FCC proposing new broadband requirements for mobile and some type of second Internet. The letter bent everyone out of shape and caused a flurry of response from traditional journalists and bloggers. While the protest at Google on Friday was a dud, anger in the blogosphere remained very high, with most everyone trying to extrapolate what Google and Verizon meant with their rather vague proposal. Google and Verizon responded to these various theories trying to clear up some myths that had developed over the week. But in the end it appeared the two elements that most upset everyone, mobile and this “second Internet” being exempt from the FCC’s net neutrality regulation, were still very much on the table according to the two powerhouses.

If you haven’t been paying attention, or need an overview, watch my five minute segment from the KQED show with Belva Davis.

February 19, 2007

Net neutrality in Ninja speak

>From Amber MacArthur at Amber Mac: Net neutrality in Ninja speak. Excerpt:

If you’ve been following recent news about Canadian government docs suggesting that the Tories are not nervous about ISPs interfering with the net, you’re probably all over promoting net neutrality to save the Internet.

If you don’t know what net neutrality is all about, you’re not alone.  Here are some links to send around to bring you ‘n yours up to speed about how major telcos want to be gatekeepers of web content and why it’s a terrible idea (please feel free to post more links in comments):

A basic video overview in Ninja-speak (also above)
An intermediate video overview from Save the Internet
PBS special on net neutrality
What the Internet’s founding father has to say
Michael Geist on Canada’s Net Neutrality Debate