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This Time, It's Serious

By - March 29, 2006


The net neutrality debate is heating up, and this time billions are at stake. Back in the 1990s John Doerr and other tech luminaries created TechNet in an attempt to rally the tech world into realizing that the industry needed to play, and hard, on Capitol Hill. This time no rallying cry is needed. Case in point: Google’s lobbying efforts (as outlined in this NYT piece), and this Cnet piece, outlining the NN debate. Also, see this Post article about the legislative angles.

I’m planning on focusing on this issue (among many others, of course) at the Web 2.0 conference this year (it’ll be Nov. 7-9 in SF, at the Palace hotel.) If there are folks who you think can speak to this issue, or resources where I might go to get smart on the issues, please point me in the right direction. Thanks!

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4 thoughts on “This Time, It's Serious

  1. Dave Hodson says:

    Om Malik is your man – he has written frequently about this topic

  2. liza says:

    I think the tech world has it a bit backwards. You really dont need to rally the troops on your side of the fence. You really need to go for the political bloggers, the netroots, the people on my side of the fence who don’t understand what is at stake when I start talking about Google or Verizon wanting to control not just the net but the pipelines themselves.

    I am working with a few organizations here in NYC to have a conference on how these technology issues are really the dawn of a new civil rights movement. Our conference would be in October. I’ll definitely keep you posted on this.

    I’d be more than happy to come and talk about this at your conference as well.

  3. joy says:

    Expect to listen to your speech .Thank you.

  4. kit says:

    The computer technology changes very fast,nowaday more and more people create a site with .NET.