Dems Bag on Google, Verizon Net Neutrality Plan

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Four members of the U.S. House of Representatives are openly speaking out against the proposed guidelines Google and Verizon recently unveiled to regulate Internet neutrality. The Congress members see the proposal as bad for consumers, and a move away from the open flow of data over the Internet.

Jay Inslee (D, Washington), Ed Markey (D, Massachusetts), Anna Eshoo (D, California) and Mike Doyle (D, Pennsylvania) shared their concerns with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in a letter that’s available at Representative Inslee’s Web site.

The proposal Google and Verizon jointly offered leaves data on wired Internet connections relatively untouched, but allows for the controlled flow of data over wireless networks.

“Exclusion of wireless services from open Internet requirements could widen the digital divide by establishing a substandard, less open experience for traditionally underserved regions and demographic groups that may more often need to access or choose to access the Internet on a mobile device,” the letter said. “Moreover, such inconsistent principles could confuse consumers, who would have different and uneven experiences depending solely on the connection that their mobile devices might use to reach the Internet.”

The group went on to say that the notion of supporting managed services, or services that carriers define as features outside of regular Internet traffic, “would sap the vitality and stunt the growth of the Internet.”

The proposal’s wording, they argue, would let Internet service providers side step nearly all data throttling restrictions and underscores the necessity for Federal mandates to enforce true net neutrality instead of accepting the Google and Verizon proposal.

“Rather than expansion upon a proposal by two large communications companies with a vested financial interest in the outcome, formal FCC action is needed,” the group said. “The public interest is served by a free and open Internet that continues to be an indispensable platform for innovation, investment, entrepreneurship, and free speech.”

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geoduck

Oh Goody
Because you know when Congress gets involved
The problem will be solved

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b0wz3r

Perhaps not solved, but at least mediated.

Part of the problem with politics these days is we’ve been plunged into an us vs. them mentality by the divided and conquer methods of Karl Rove.  No one is willing to see the good things the government still does for us.  Rather, if there’s even one bad apple the attitude is that the whole bushel is bad and needs to be tossed.

This is the tea-bagger mentality; vote as we say or we’ll vote you out.  So what happens when the next guy they vote for doesn’t do exactly what some outspoken constituency group wants?  It will produce a revolving door where congresspeople are out as fast as they’re put in.  No real governance will happen.  People simply need to accept that as long as there is government, there will be exploitation of it.  That doesn’t mean the government is bad.

Otherwise, if you don’t like dealing with the government, move to Somalia… no functioning government for 20 years now, it’s the Republican Paradise!!!

Oh Goody
Because you know when Congress gets involved
The problem will be solved

</snark>

Lee Dronick

No one is willing to see the good things the government still does for us.

Usually I try and keep politics out my posts here, but see this website. On political blogs I can get quite involved. However, on the Huffington Post I stay out of Apple discussions.

Rob

Sorry b0wz3r ... your Kool-Aid drinking has made you a typical libtard. Karl Rove? really?... still ticked about 2000 elections I gather. Most “news networks” are biased I agree ... (CNN, MSNBC, NPR are way left, Fox way right) even Google News is mostly liberal. The HOUSE has been Democrat since 2007 ... so spare us all.

When Americans wake up (to a failing govt (both aisles), decline of morals and family standards, fall prey to the entitlement trap, to an unsustainable future debt), it may too late, or too broke. THATS NEWS.

BurmaYank

b0wz3r said: “No one is willing to see the good things the government still does for us.”
Sir Harry Flashman said “Usually I try and keep politics out my posts here, but see this website.”.

Thank you Sir H. 

Excellent points to consider by anyone with strong opinions/concerns about the role of government in our pressing national problems

RayCon

... your Kool-Aid drinking has made you a typical libtard.

The far right (and even the near right) wallows in the art of name-calling.  Me, my, mine, is all that matters.  Your opinion, moronic.  Pathetic.

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