Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Silicon Valley Senate candidates Boxer, Fiorina on net neutrality

For a sense of how Silicon Valley could be represented on the most contested tech policy issue in Washington, watch these two videos of the two Senate candidates laying out their views on net neutrality.

Republican candidate Carly Fiorina is against, saying her background as an executive at AT&T and Lucent Alcatel before heading Hewlett Packard show that regulation of the telecom industry can be a disaster for business. She also said the FCC shouldn't re-assert its authority to regulate broadband. Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer has co-signed legislation to create rules prohibiting Internet service providers from blocking sites and prioritizing traffic unfairly. The FCC, without clear authority over broadband services has looked to Congress to create legislation.

Here they offer their points of view.


Video credits: Personal Democracy Forum

By Cecilia Kang  | October 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: FCC plays tweeting baseball commentator amid Cablevision's Fox blackout
Next: Pressure mounting for FCC to intervene in Fox-Cablevision battle, but analysts question ability

Comments

"Regulation of the telecom industry can be a disaster for business?"

Carly, take the wayback machine to 2000-2001. Look at what happened with Wordcom and your old company, Alcatel-Lucent. Then tell me it's a good thing to let telecoms do whatever they want.

Fail

Posted by: fishellb | October 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Here I am, a small retailer, paying an affordable fee to my ISP for a couple of Gb of traffic, basically the same rate the mega-retailer is paying.
Now, Fiorina and her ilk get control of Congress and allow the mega retailer to cut a deal with an ISP allowing the ISP to charge the mega retailer a higher fee in exchange for a packet priority.So, where before all I had to compete on was price and service, now i need to hope my customers want to visit my cyber-store during a lull in the mega stores activity, so my info packets have a chance of getting into the pipe.
Think of it this way: Macy's convinces tha mall operator to give it a very wide exclusive entrance to the mall where customers, for convenience, need to go through Macy's to get to the other stores. The other stores are given a small narrow, inconvenient access point. Which store(s) is going to get the most traffic?
Giving up net-neutrality does not create a level playing field - it allows those with the greater capital the ability to starve out its competitors.
BS!

Posted by: mperata | October 20, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company