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Net Neutrality Bill Unveiled

By - March 03, 2006

From a Reuters story:

Sen. Ron Wyden on Thursday proposed legislation aimed at preventing high-speed Internet service providers from charging content companies extra so consumers have faster access to their Web sites or receive special treatment.

The Oregon Democrat said he was pushing the legislation to ensure smaller start-ups trying to do business on the Internet would not be outgunned by bigger companies.

Further thoughts at IPDemocracy: Would Wyden’s legislation prohibit a content provider from paying extra to the broadband provider for improved delivery? Wyden couldn’t easily answer these kinds of questions, but simply said that he opposes a world in which non-transparent deals inject latency into access web sites (where one site with a “sweetheart deal” might take five seconds to appear but another site with no such deal might take five minutes to appear).

Wyden seemed to say as long as the sweetheart deals are transparent, his legislation would not bar such relationships. “The heart and soul of this legislation are the transparency provisions – you get all those deals out there in the open.”

As much as I wish to be black and white on this issue, I sense there is much gray here. Fortunately an old hand from the telco/provisioning world just joined FM, and I’ll be talking to him about it in the coming days to get smarter….

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4 thoughts on “Net Neutrality Bill Unveiled

  1. Hey John,

    What’s the rules behind joining FM media?


  2. Non sequitor alert! In any case, head over to for more on that…

  3. Joe Hunkins says:

    Transparency is what seems to be increasingly lacking, especially for the big guys like Google and USA Govt. The secrecy comes under the guise – sometimes legitimate – of protecting trade secrets, website integrity, proprietary routines, or national security. How much MORE transparency is needed is not clear, but it’s certainly a LOT more than now.

  4. G Pick says:

    Is a copy of the Bill available on the Net?
    If consumers pay for the speed, where is the additional carrier cost?