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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  
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"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.


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.

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

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