By: Amy Wohl (email@example.com)
Have you been following the government and telco dialogue on Net Neutrality?
You should be. It's what guarantees that every packet crossing the Internet gets the same treatment, with nothing receiving preference.
The telcos, although they promised to honor this in order to make some of their recent deals, have been trying to figure out a way around it, because they believe Net Neutrality means death (or at least serious damage) to their business model.
The proponents of Net Neutrality believe that a fair solution would be to leave the telcos (and other carriers like the cable companies) in the infrastructure business, but keep them out of the application and content business. This would allow innovation and competition to play a full and free role which is what brought us eBay and Amazon, Yahoo and Google. I assume you don't want to give them up or cripple them.
For a really good explanation of what's at stake, you should read what David Isenberg has to say. He's been writing about the Internet for more than ten years and strongly speaking out on behalf of Net Neutrality.
His latest piece, Making Network Neutrality Sustainable, is insightful and very important. You will find it here:
You can find more about David Isenburg and links to his earlier pieces at http://isen.com/.