FCC plan for open internet ‘perfect,’ Lessig – Chairman Julius Genachowski

“Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity”

The fact is that we face great challenges as a nation right now, including health care, education, energy, and public safety. While the Internet alone will not provide a complete solution to any of them, it can and must play a critical role in solving each one.

And let us not forget that the open Internet enables much more than commerce. It is also an unprecedented platform for speech, democratic engagement, and a culture that prizes creative new ways of approaching old problems.

The lesson of each of these stories, and innumerable others like them, is that we cannot know what tomorrow holds on the Internet, except that it will be unexpected; that the genius of American innovators is unlimited; and that the fewer obstacles these innovators face in bringing their work to the world, the greater our opportunity as citizens and as a nation.

I am convinced that there are few goals more essential in the communications landscape than preserving and maintaining an open and robust Internet. I also know that achieving this goal will take an approach that is smart about technology, smart about markets, smart about law and policy, and smart about the lessons of history.

The fifth principle is one of non-discrimination — stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications.

The sixth principle is a transparency principle — stating that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices.

We have an obligation to ensure that the Internet is an enduring engine for U.S. economic growth, and a foundation for democracy in the 21st century. We have an obligation to ensure that the Internet remains a vast landscape of innovation and opportunity.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

FCC Statement of Net Neutrality

An impromptu State of the Web Address by El Zorro


“We’re experiencing a bit of turbulence from the side-effects of structural limitations inherent in centralized closed source system development model – beyond a point nobody on the outside really knows what is going on inside.”
El Zorro

Now by and large although i’ve never met them personally i believe that the techies working on flickr cal et al are brilliant and wonderful people – particularly the ones who openly give back what they’re learning to the community (ie Link && Link ). before rounding off about a sinister conspiracy theory you must also consider that the problematic these people are dealing with is immense (think : data volumes, storage, servers, real-time distributed databases, massive in memory ram cache, hardware and so on). implementing any new functionality to such a system requires a serious understanding of so much that even with the best due diligence and safety harness there’s always room for the possibility that something is not quite working out the way it was intended (especially if the messages between technical/commerical/executive) get confused in translation / implementation

what the likes of big clustered centralized sites like flickr, facebook, youtube et al are doing has never been attempted before so technically and to an extent ethically (in terms of the socio implications of globalized virtual cross border multi-cultural meme exchange systems) they are exploring the model and (hopefully with our participation) making up the rules as they go. what is important is that the community feedback is consensually applied and not subordinated to any kind of “lets do evil” type strategy.

flickr, i still think you guys are doing a great job which is why i like so many others still love to hang out here and share little reflections from our lives. i know that you listen and from past experience when something makes sense (or not as in the suggestion in this thread) you act.

looking at the wider picture i begin to wonder whether this is actually the way to go – does what we are seeing here mark the beginning of a fragmentation and de-centralization phase along the lines of my personally favored open-source model – that which evolved with bsd / linux and at a higher level of abstraction spawned smtp / web / wiki / bbs – that is to say the technology framework becomes itself collaborative – ie it is open-sourced, becomes in its centralized form completely transparent and is freely distributed to anyone who wishes to host this on their server (on the basis that what they learn and the improvements they make are re-merged in for the good of the whole). with the advent of web2.0 api’s and interconnectedness the distributed model may still come back into vogue once the current regression in a back to the future sense towards the mid/mainframe structure unwinds. think eco-systems of interconnected clusters – all potentially interacting and sending messages to one another in the way that say atoms, molecules or reflected light does. ask yourself why did http/html succeed in creating the current version of the internet we use? ok the trade off is that the single globalised community (photosharing in the case of flickr) fragments and what you get is a vision of networks of individual entities selectively collaborating, coexisting and interconnecting according to their own affinities and blinkering (or wide opening) their particular worldview according to where they are and how they like it.

actually this issue may be more fundamental than what we are seeing here – as i suspect your google search result screenshot alludes – the problem may be wider than we suspect – ie. real time personalized re-writing of your personal view of the internet by the people who know whats best for you – those kind corporate and political entities seeking actively to define and control your flow ™. infowars, firewalls, censorship, filtering, projection, suggestion, brainwashing and mind control – patterns and strategies designed to serve the respective best interests of competing ideological-politico worldviews each seeking to assert itself as the defacto version of reality – whats happening right now in the wider online sphere (or should i say, what could happen) makes orwell’s vision of a nightmarish big-brother future look understated.

personally i think its time to admit defeat and give over the control immediately to the uber-intelligent ai supercomputer intelligence masquerading in its current infantile guise as a harmless bunch of wifi rabbits (www.nabaztag.com). Republished from d_nurv’s stream on Flickr


Google Wireless: GPhone or Google Phone ?

Everyone has been waiting for this announcement, it comes as no surprise that Google is entering the wireless fray. Link.

From what I have read from the NYTimes article, it appears Google’s strategy is going to be brilliant, as usual. Rather than competing in the crazy wireless space, they are going to be building ‘open source’ software to offer ‘an optimized wireless Internet experience’. Google’s phone software is named Android.

“We are not building a GPhone; we are enabling 1,000 people to build a GPhone,” said Andy Rubin, Google’s director of mobile platforms, who led the effort to develop the software.

Android: The antidote for the ‘walled gardens’ of cell phone access to the Internet.

Net Neutrality Heats up again in the wave of recent events.

Comcast throttling bandwidth form P2P networks, Verizon censoring political text messages, I guess the Telcos will never change. trying to hang on to an old dying business model in the wake of the emergence of companies like Google, Flickr, Facebook, eBay, etc.

If the AT&T, Verizon and Comcast get there way, this will be the future tiered pricing of the Web: (from a graphic found floating around the Internet. If you know who created this, please email me)


Jim, if you are out there and find you posted comment ‘reprinted’ here, drop me an email. I have not read anything anywhere over the last year on Net Neutrality that is as clear and direct with a historical context as this. I would love that info to attribute, Thank you.

The notion that the telcos and cablecos are free to do whatever they want with “their” networks is nonsense. First of all, these have an remain heavily regulated companies, with at least 51 state and federal regulators overseeing their business activities. To obtain a less regulated state of competition, all of these companies made deals with regulatory bodies and legislatures, few of which have they honored. Executive teams at these companies will continue to violate such agreements so long as the FCC and Congress let them. What you see now is a few Congress-people awaking from their stupor to the seriousness of the flawed telecom policies of the US government (under Clinton and Bush administrations). Our country has neither a fully deregulated telecom industry, nor a fully regulated one. For as long as this purgatory continues, the US consumers and businesses will not get access to communications services that are and will be available in other countries around the world. By fully regulated, I don’t necessarily mean like the old ATT days. A more viable model would be a fully regulated wholesale monopoly that must provided bandwidth on a common basis to all its customers, which would be the entities actually providing service to businesses and consumers.Alternatively, a completely deregulated environment would reserve certain radio spectrum bandwidth for government use, and let the “market” sort out how the rest should best be used.

Regarding Ted’s assertion that there is no public Internet in America, that’s also nonsense. While ISP’s are unregulated, the underlying networks (physical and logical for OSI enthusiasts) are regulated and therefore subject to public policy expressed vis those regulations. There would be no Internet as we know it now had the Internet not originated as a public service of the federal government. As a former telco employee who participated in the planning process, I can assert this as a fact. Prior to the creation of the Mosaic browser in 1994, all the RBOC’s were attempting to build their own “information superhighway” or broadband network. It was the intent of each RBOC to tightly control all content on that network, as well as the devices that were permitted to attach to it. In that world, their would have been no Amazon, Ebay, Google or Facebook, because the telco bureaucrats would never have allowed it. Fortunately for us all, Netscape popularized the Mosaic browser, AOL popularized dial-up Internet access and the RBOC’s have been trying to put the unregulated Internet genie back in the bottle ever since.

The telco/cablecos excel at one thing and one thing only – manipulating the regulatory bodies.They know their legacy business (voice minutes sold on a metered usage basis). They do not know how to transition that business model to a broadband, open access environment. So every attempt to “manage” P2P taffic, or VOIP traffic, or locked cell phones is simply an attempt to revert the world to one they understand. To believe otherwise is foolish, especially if you have never listened to an internal telco/cableco discussion of such issues. Bottom line: unless Congress wises up to the real state of affairs, bandwidth will remain a scarce and rationed commodity in the US, while other countries with more enlightened telecom policies develop a surpluses (France, Korea, Japan, Scandinavia, etc.).

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