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FaithTools Blog - by - November 10, 2009 - 13:31 America/New_York - Be first to Comment!

Last week I blogged about the debate between Internet Freedom vs. Net Neutrality. While I was leaning in one direction, I was still undecided on the issue. I have made up my mind.

After more reading and having several social network “chats” with friends, I now officially agree with what was my first instinct – the internet should remain agnostic.

I found a video of Tim Berners Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, where he discusses this issue. In the video he says, “When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission.” I figured he, out of all the voices speaking on the subject of Net Neutrality, would have an informed and insightful opinion.

In the video, he defines Net Neutrality in very simple terms:

“Net neutrality is this: If I pay to connect to the Net with a certain quality of service, and you pay to connect with that or greater quality of service, then we can communicate at that level.That’s all. Its up to the ISPs to make sure they interoperate so that that happens. Net Neutrality is NOT asking for the internet for free. Net Neutrality is NOT saying that one shouldn’t pay more money for high quality of service. We always have, and we always will.”

As I mentioned before, I am typically not a fan of increasing government regulation. However, as an internet content creator both on this website and for my employer, I do not want private companies censoring my content. OK, “censoring” may be a bit dramatic, but if a user cannot access my content because an ISP is throttling the bandwidth or blocking it altogether, then what else would you call it?

I am a bit concerned that this regulation may be a slippery slope. If the Net Neutrality bill becomes law, how soon might it be before congress amends the bill to include some form of internet taxation or some other over-bearing regulation? Maybe never, but the vehicle would be there to increase the possibility. 

But as for now, I am going to SaveTheInternet.com to sign their online petition and to send my congressional representatives a note expressing my wish for them to pass the Net Neutrality Bill AKA The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 (H.R.3458).

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