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Google, MS, others ask Feds to mandate "Net neutrality" regulations

Here's a copy of the bill:
http://static.publicknowledge.org/pdf/20060327-house-telecom-print.pdf

Note how the Net neutrality section is less regulatory than the November 
draft:
http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/news/11032005_Broadband.pdf

Some critical views of Net neutrality mandates, from a technologist's 
perspective:
http://www.onlyrepublican.com/orinsf/2006/03/resisting_the_n.html
http://www.onlyrepublican.com/orinsf/2006/03/taking_sides_on.html

News coverage:
http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-6055108.html
http://news.com.com/2100-1036_3-6054567.html

-Declan

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March 29, 2006



The Honorable Joe Barton
Chairman
Committee on Energy & Commerce 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Hon Fred Upton
Chairman
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510


Dear Chairmen Barton and Upton:

We are extremely concerned that legislation before your Committee would 
fail to protect the Internet from discrimination and would deny 
consumers unfettered access to the tremendous scope of content, 
applications and services that are available today on the Internet and 
will be developed in the future. This bill would allow for such a 
fundamental change in the paradigm of the Internet that it would 
frustrate the reasonable expectations of the tens of millions of 
Americans who go online. The “network neutrality” provisions in H.R. 
____, “The Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 
2006,” fall well short of what is needed to ensure that consumers and 
content providers can rely on the Internet as an engine of growth and 
innovation.

The Internet has driven the American economy and productivity for the 
past ten years because it enables innovation without permission. A good 
idea, technology savvy, and an eye for what consumers want has allowed 
entrepreneurial innovators to reach a global market on the Internet. 
Consumers embraced the Internet because innovation was rapid and anyone 
could provide lawful content without interference or permission from 
those companies that control the networks. This policy has been a 
hallmark feature of the Internet and is a principal reason why our 
companies and the U.S. Internet industry are global leaders today.

That policy is at risk, and that is why we have urged Congress to adopt 
network neutrality requirements that are meaningful and enforceable. The 
provisions in the Committee bill achieve neither goal. We affirm our 
commitment to working with you and your colleagues to craft legislation 
that preserves the Internet for the tens of millions of Americans that 
rely on it as a vibrant source of content and services that they use 
every single day.

					Sincerely,
	
					Amazon.com
					eBay
					Google
					IAC/InterActive Corp.
					Microsoft
					Yahoo!



cc: Rep. John D. Dingell Rep. Edward J. Markey Members of the Committee 
on Energy & Commerce

Posted by Declan McCullagh on Mar 28, 2006 in category free-speech


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