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FCC Comcast Order is Open Invitation to Internet Filtering
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 09:19:03 -0400



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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: August 21, 2008 6:37:25 PM EDT
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <xyzzy () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] FCC Comcast Order is Open Invitation to Internet Filtering

FCC COMCAST ORDER IS OPEN INVITATION TO INTERNET FILTERING

[Commentary] The FCC's vision of net neutrality: throttling, blocking, filtering - call it what you will. Buried in the Federal Communications Commission's Comcast decision lurks an open invitation to Internet service providers to filter content. In essence, the Commission said carriers cannot discriminate against file sharing protocols, but they may act as a traffic cops and block illegal material and "transmissions that violate copyright law." FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said when the commission decides whether an Internet carrier violated net neutrality rules, it "considers whether the network management practice is intended to distinguish between legal and illegal activity. The Commission's network principles only recognize and protect user's access to legal content. The sharing of illegal content, such as child pornography or content that does not have the appropriate copyright, is not protected by our principles. Similarly, applications that are intended to harm the network are not protected."

<http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/08/analysis-fcc-co.html>

Courtesy of the Benton Foundation <http://www.benton.org>
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