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Thursday, July 5, 2007

FTC Comments on Net Neutrality
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Recent remarks by Deborah Platt Majoras caution against adopting net neutrality regulation, following the FTC's report:

Majoras said that without evidence of "market failure or demonstrated consumer harm, policy makers should be particularly hesitant to enact new regulation in this area."

In separate remarks before a lawyers' group Wednesday, Majoras said the agency was unaware of any market failure or consumer harm in the high-speed Internet market, according to a written copy of her speech.

posted by Solveig Singleton @ 10:19 AM | Internet , The FTC

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I think its good that our government is using some caution and not automatically acting as if new regulations are always the best course. I do some work with handsoff.org and I can tell you that the FTC is right to caution against increased legislation - in general and especially in this issue - because the consequences is increased government interference in a field that it is most likely incapable of keeping up with. It is entirely reasonable that the same people calling for action now will want the opposite a little down the road when they change their tunes due to unseen repercussions.

Posted by: NetConcern at July 6, 2007 1:10 PM

To all Canadians please visit http://www.neutrality.ca/ and http://www.michaelgeist.ca/ lets get on this early and often to stop’em in their tracks with a uniquely Canadian approach (to paraphrase our PM) we have a chance with our three party system, the Liberals and NDP are just chomping at the bit to take down the Conservatives who have fallen in the polls now before the next election, contact your MPs, support people like:

Mr. Speaker, once again, the Minister of Industry is siding with telecommunications giants against consumers and is refusing to apply the principle of net neutrality, which guarantees identical upload or download speeds for anonymous blogs and big business websites alike. Real competition for sure.

Can the minister make a commitment, here in this House, not to make any decisions that would favour big businesses at the expense of consumers, thus ensuring that the Internet remains a democratic tool?

- Paul Crête, MP

Over the next few weeks keep your eye open here in Toronto, there’ll be posters on the bus shelters, streetcar stops, in the subway etc showing the true intent of the corps on this issue. People must be made aware, fwd the neutrality link around, talk to people, write your reps in gov….our situation up here on this issue is nowhere near as hopeless as south of the border, if only b/c of the Conservatives weak position and our left leaning opposition parties (Liberals and NDP). DO NOT let laziness and lack of an informed public be the reasons why this one slips through.


Posted by: TTFD at July 7, 2007 1:08 PM

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