Thursday, May 18, 2006

Why you should care about network neutrality. By Tim�Wu

Why you should care about network neutrality. By Tim�Wu: "Why You Should Care About Network Neutrality
The future of the Internet depends on it!
By Tim Wu
Posted Monday, May 1, 2006, at 4:35 PM ET

The Internet is largely meritocratic in its design. If people like better than, that's where they'll go. If they like the search engine A9 better than Google, they vote with their clicks. Is it a problem, then, if the gatekeepers of the Internet (in most places, a duopoly of the local phone and cable companies) discriminate between favored and disfavored uses of the Internet? To take a strong example, would it be a problem if AT&T makes it slower and harder to reach Gmail and quicker and easier to reach Yahoo! mail?
Welcome to the fight over 'network neutrality,' Washington's current obsession. The debate centers on whether it is more 'neutral' to let consumers reach all Internet content equally or to let providers discriminate if they think they'll make more money that way. "

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