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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Apple co-founder Wozniak: new rules not enough

By Cecilia Kang


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was at the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday for what he called a historic vote to protect Internet users. He said that the net-neutrality rules approved by the FCC were a good first step, but that the measure didn't go far enough to protect wireless phone users.

Wozniak, who doesn't deal with day-to-day operations at Apple, said he has been in the position of the innovator who has been hampered by network providers. He said he thinks the FCC did the right thing by establishing regulations governing Internet access.

FCC wireless bureau chief Ruth Milkman said the net-neutrality rules passed on Tuesday would not stop a wireless app store from blocking applications. Apple's iPhone was criticized for blocking Skype and Sling Media's video player before the FCC wrote Apple and its exclusive wireless carrier, AT&T, to investigate those practices.

By Cecilia Kang  | December 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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FCC wireless bureau chief Ruth Milkman said the net-neutrality rules passed on Tuesday would not stop a wireless app store from blocking applications.
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Love the double negative. It's a clear sign of lobbyists at work.

The sins of the Carriers are not the sins of the Content Providers. Neither are without (potential) sin. Moses and Jesus were both right (and many others were too). But, but, but ... separation of Church and State blah blah blah ... Remember, Moses never met Jesus. Yet they were both Wall St.'s worst nightmare - ethical investors.

Posted by: gannon_dick | December 22, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

FCC wireless bureau chief Ruth Milkman said the net-neutrality rules passed on Tuesday would not stop a wireless app store from blocking applications.
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Love the double negative. It's a clear sign of lobbyists at work.

The sins of the Carriers are not the sins of the Content Providers. Neither are without (potential) sin. Moses and Jesus were both right (and many others were too). But, but, but ... separation of Church and State blah blah blah ... Remember, Moses never met Jesus. Yet they were both Wall St.'s worst nightmare - ethical investors.

Posted by: gannon_dick | December 22, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Wozniak has no room to complain. The ipad was built unable to play flash videos. This was deliberately done to block youtube and force users to buy all their videos from itunes.

Posted by: jeff20 | December 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"Wozniak has no room to complain. The ipad was built unable to play flash videos. This was deliberately done to block youtube and force users to buy all their videos from itunes.

Posted by: jeff20 | December 22, 2010 3:05 PM"

Wozniak is not involved in day to day OR strategic operations at Apple. None of the Apple portable devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) support Flash as it is a CPU hog and it violates the iOS SDK rules - Apple wants to control it's mobile platform apps - and Flash is an app environment that runs on top of the OS on a computer system. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/11/adobe-flash-on/

Posted by: gvanderlek | December 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Was anyone who actually has a job there? Where was Apple, MS, Dell, Oracle and the other CEO who provide the hardware and software (actual jobs) that are reflected in these issues. This would have been a good time for the heads of technology company to also do some real work and speak up.

Posted by: AmericanIndian | December 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Was anyone who actually has a job there? Where was Apple, MS, Dell, Oracle and the other CEO who provide the hardware and software (actual jobs) that are reflected in these issues. This would have been a good time for the heads of technology company to also do some real work and speak up.

Posted by: AmericanIndian | December 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

BTW I would not want to call Jeff's comment idiotic and uninformed, but I am tempted-best regards I have no idea why the earlier post entered itself two times)

Posted by: AmericanIndian | December 22, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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