Wyden, the Internet, and Open Access

The New York Times features a proposal by Senator Ron Wyden to ensure a level playing field for all web sites, services, and consumers.

Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, will introduce new legislation today that would prohibit Internet network operators from charging companies for faster delivery of their content to consumers or favoring some content providers over others.

The bill is meant to ease growing fears that open Internet access may be blocked or compromised by the Bell phone carriers and cable operators, which may create tiers of service for delivering content to consumers, much the way the post office charges more for overnight mail delivery than for regular delivery. ...

"You best compete by letting every company play on a level field, but these proposals would tilt the field," Senator Wyden said of the plans discussed by some network operators. "The Net has been about access and equal treatment and giving everyone a fair shake, and people who own these fat pipes, these cable and telecommunications people who say that they can't keep doing this, want to undermine that."

He added that his bill would prevent network operators from giving preferential treatment to affiliated companies. Time Warner Cable, he said, should not be able to give other Time Warner companies better access to the network than their rivals.

Read the rest. Discuss.

  • Robin Ozretich (unverified)

    I'd like to thank Senator Wyden for being such a strong leader on this issue. I'm proud to have my senator leading the fight to keep the internet on a level playing field. It is because of this level playing field that the internet has had such a democratizing effect on American political discourse and so many other aspects of communication and commerce over the past decade.

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    This is an absolutely critical issue. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org) is a great advocacy organization working on issues like this. I urge people to join.

  • Alvord (unverified)
    <h2>Good for Wyden. This is an important issue.</h2>
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