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FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Posted on Feb 24, 2011
Illustration from Mr. T in DC
By Derek Lazzaro

America’s largest Internet service providers, which own most of the network backbone, have decided that Internet content providers such as YouTube are using too much bandwidth, and becoming too rich, and now the ISPs are demanding a bigger piece of the pie.

Amid surprisingly little public debate, the ISPs have engaged in a focused campaign to lobby Congress and win court cases with the goal of stripping the government of any meaningful authority to regulate their price structures or data-routing policies.

The question that remains is whether the government will have the authority, or even the will, to regulate the ISPs and the future of the Internet. If Republicans in the House of Representatives have their way, the battle will be over before it ever really begins, with the ISPs emerging as undisputed vic


Added: Feb-24-2011 Occurred On: Feb-24-2011
By: gregory_peckory
Tags: fcc, net neutrality, internet, free speech, corporations
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