Patt Morrison for August 10, 2010

Can the FCC save net neutrality?

The idea was simple in concept: ensure fair & equitable access to the internet for users (like you & me) and for smaller companies that want a piece of the bandwidth pie, alike. That’s the core principal of “net neutrality,” a plan put forward by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski that would require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all legal web traffic. Yesterday a deal was struck between two of those broadband players, broadband provider Verizon and content provider Google, that essentially kneecaps the idea of net neutrality. Google and Verizon agreed that access to larger chunks of pipeline space will come at a cost to Google, and eventually a cost to the end internet user. So now what will the FCC do to ensure that equal access to the world wide web? We talk to a FCC commissioner about the government’s next step in the war for the future of the internet.

Guests:

Michael Copps, Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission

Jim Harper, director information policy, CATO Institute


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