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DEMOgala Speaker Luke Beatty Featured in Sunday Post Story About Net Neutrality

Monday, October 4, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Need for Internet cop debated
By Andy Vuong
The Denver Post
Posted: 10/03/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT

(CSIA Introduction:  Luke Beatty, Founder and President of Associated Content and Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! will be one of our speakers this week at the 2010 DEMOgala. He was on a select panel of technology leaders recently to discuss network neutrality, so below is a summar of the story written by Andy Vuong of The Denver Post, printed in Sunday's paper edition.)

Debate has raged for several years over "network neutrality," the belief that all Internet content and the speed at which it travels should be treated equally.

Complicated and often mundane, the issue, once resolved, will prove critical to a service — Internet access — that the majority of U.S. households already depend on to catch up on the news, pay bills, download music or connect with family and friends.

Consumer advocates and online companies such as Facebook and eBay argue that Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon should not be allowed to block or discriminate against any content that rides over their pipes. The fear is that operators would provide better and faster access to content, applications and services from companies willing to pay a premium.

Network operators contend that because they paid to build the pipes, they should have the right to offer prioritized services to help recover the costs. They say they have no plans to degrade existing services, though regulation could discourage new investments.

Battle lines were muddied in August when Google and Verizon announced a compromise pact in hopes of dissuading full regulation from the Federal Communications Commission. The proposal, though, raised many questions and wasn't universally supported by any side. It calls for some regulation of wireline networks but leaves wireless networks virtually untouched. Last week, Democratic lawmakers in Congress shelved a similar compromise effort.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has publicly supported Net neutrality and said he wants to regulate the Internet much like landline phone service — though any rule changes will not come until after the November elections.

Full Article with the Following Panelists' Q&A:
Experts discuss future of Internet, how it may affect businesses 

Luke Beatty, Vice president and general manager of Yahoo
Steve Davis, Senior vice president of public policy and government relations for Qwest Communications
Linda Hughes , Owner, Entrepreneur Community Online
Danny Katz , Director of Colorado Public Interest Research Group
John Ryan , Assistant chief legal officer of Level 3 Communications

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