Thursday, February 09, 2006

Net Neutrality Laws

Vinton Cerf asks Congress to pass laws protecting net neutrality.

From the article:

"Cerf asked the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to adopt a Net neutrality law, requiring broadband providers to allow customers to go to any legal Web site, attach any legal device, and run any legal application on their networks. If large broadband providers are permitted to charge Web sites or Web-based application vendors extra for customer access, small innovative companies will get frozen out, he said.

"Nothing less than the future of the Internet is at stake in these discussions," said Cerf, now vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google. "We must preserve neutrality in the system in order to allow the new Googles of the world, the new Yahoos, the new Amazons to form. We risk losing the Internet as catalyst for consumer choice, for economic growth, for technological innovation, and for global competitiveness."



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