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bad news / good news when court says FCC can’t require net neutrality

Court Says F.C.C. Cannot Require ‘Net Neutrality’By EDWARD WYATTPublished: April 6, 2010WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a sharp blow to the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to set the rules of the road for the Internet, ruling that the agency lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

via NY Times

The bad news is that according to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the FCC has little clout in regulating net neutrality.

The good news is:

  1. Congress may want to look even more closely at the Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal. If we don’t have a neutral net, Comcast can slow access to competitors’ content and favor NBC and…
  2. Our legislative branch may finally decide to put a Net Neutrality law on the books.

NetRoots MN: My slides for Mainstreet to Beltway


I’m presenting today at NetRoots MN with Steven Sanderos from Main Street Project. We will look at how grassroots organizations can help the government in shaping an Internet future that includes everybody including the digitally marginalized communities. I’ll be speaking to the Net Neutrality issue which is key to any open Internet. I may also stray to the digital inclusion issue. (You may or may not know I’m on the Minneapolis Digital Inclusion Fund Advisory Committee.)

I may not actually show the attached slides at our session but there are some good resource links and it’s a summary of what I will be talking about. 

I’ve also never tested posting a Powerpoint file to Posterous so let’s see what happens.