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Net Neutrality and the Future of the Internet. What is the Internet?. It is not. ...a Big Truck. It's more like this. The Problem:. ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have full control of our data with little regulations places on the actions they can take with it.

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Net Neutrality

and the

Future of the Internet


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What is the Internet?

It is not...


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...a Big Truck


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It's more like this...


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The Problem:

ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have full control of our data with little regulations places on the actions they can take with it.

•ISPs may be able to block certian services or information.

•ISPs may tier their service so that certian services will have priority.


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What is Net Neutrality?

Forwarding packets on a first-come, first served basis without regard to the information contained within.


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State of the Internet in the U.S.

Few ISPs control almost all of the high-speed internet market.


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“Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes?”

-Edward Whitacre CEO of AT&T


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William L. Smith, chief technology officer for Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp., told reporters and analysts that an Internet service provider such as his firm should be able, for example, to charge Yahoo Inc. for the opportunity to have its search site load faster than that of Google Inc.


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Areas Affected by a Non-Neutral Internet

Freedom of Speech

Innovation

Social

More...


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Free Speech

ISPs will have the power to censor media.


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Innovation

Removal of even playing field.


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Social

User Generated Content

- “Prosumer”

Non-traditional Distribution Systems

- P2P

- DRM


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What can you do?

1. Be aware.

2. Spread the word.

3. Don't support non-neutral ISPs.

4. Support the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008 (HR 5353).

Contact your elected officials and urge them to support HR 5353.


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Resources

  • www.savetheinternet.com

    • Non-profit coalition for Net Neutrality.

  • dig.csail.mit.edu

  • Decentralized Information Group.

  • googleblog.blogspot.com

    • Google's official blog with information postings by Vint Cerf, father of TCP/IP.

  • www.freepress.net

    • Non-partisan press dedicated to freedom of information.

  • www.savenetneutrality.com

    • Non-profit website for Net Neutrality.


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