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Whom do you trust to regulate the Internet?

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has been negotiating directly with a handful of the biggest Web firms and network service providers to create legislation that would regulate how consumers can access the Internet. Whom do you trust to regulate how Internet service providers control content on their networks and how consumers access the Web?

By Andrea Caumont  |  August 5, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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how about neither!

Posted by: obrier2 | August 5, 2010 12:33 PM

The only people who can be trusted to regulate the Internet are consumers, voting with their wallets. Neither Google nor government will look out for anything but its own interests.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | August 5, 2010 2:03 PM

I can't vote for either.

Posted by: shejoy | August 5, 2010 3:06 PM


Posted by: charlie-Imac | August 5, 2010 5:06 PM

Here's a hint for the slow and misinformed:

If the FCC regulates the internet, you'll have the same access you have now.

If private industry is put in charge of deciding how to prioritize traffic (or even deciding if traffic should be prioritized), prices will go up, access will go down, and corners will be cut.

Privatization of public commons DOES NOT WORK. Never has.

Posted by: financepirate | August 5, 2010 5:48 PM

Yes, if the FCC regulates the Internet, you will have the same access you have now. Only slower. And less reliable. And more expensive. And it won't get any faster, because the regulations will kill innovation.

The Internet never was a public commons. It is a network made up of interconnected private networks.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | August 5, 2010 9:22 PM

Does Goldman Sachs still graze their cattle in Central Park ? Yes, the Internet is a Public Commons.

I blame this whole vision babble on the Electric ***Frontier*** Foundation (EFF) for the adoption of the silly misleading name. Thanks guys.

Frontier and Free Range are not the same thing. There is Law west of the Pecos now, and its name is the FCC.

Posted by: gannon_dick | August 5, 2010 10:31 PM

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