Friday, August 12, 2005

Isenberg on the new FCC approach to the Net

David Isenberg is concerned at the change in approach of the FCC, since Michael Powell stepped down and former FCC commissioner Kevin Martin took over as chairman.

Powell: Freedom to access content.
Martin: Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.

Powell: Freedom to run applications.
Martin: Consumers are entitled to run applications and services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement;

Powell: Freedom to attach devices.
Martin: Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.

Powell: Freedom to obtain service plan information.
Martin: Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

And the Martin FCC adds an important footnote:

All of these principles are subject to reasonable network management.

Some of the people commenting on his posting disagree and see little difference between the new chairman and the old.

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