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Net Neutrality Questions Answered and Not

Okay, in case you missed it, check out the video from yesterday's announcement of new proposed net neutrality rules by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

And here's my story today.

I moderated the panel afterward with some great discussion between Skype CEO Josh Silverman; Free Press Director of Policy Ben Scott; Verizon Communications VP of Regulatory Affairs David Young; and Darrell West of the Brookings Institution.

The conversation spanned from Skype's praise of Genachowski's move and emphasis that wireless carriers should be equally considered as other carriers by the FCC. Young of Verizon said the company has been moving toward more open network operations but cautioned that new innovations on the network shouldn't be precluded by innovation.

"I was very pleased to hear the outcome was not predetermined. We need to look at the facts and see what are the problems that need to be fixed," Young said.

I still don't have a great sense of Verizon's take on how this should apply to their wireless networks. I also didn't get a good example of reasonable network management beyond managing spam and porn, and ensuring copyright protection.

What wasn't asked or answered during the discussion? Let's hear it!

By Cecilia Kang  |  September 22, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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Thanks Cecilia for doing the heavy lifting on the neutrality issue. The Inet discussions I've seen have mentioned the FCC's proposed rules' effects on competition in a general fashion but I haven't been able to find specific examples from anyone that will allow the public to form an opinion about whether any of the changes will be good or bad. Perhaps, that is where the proposed transparency proposal comes in. We will be watching closely.

Posted by: derthorn | September 22, 2009 7:26 PM

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