News – FCC’s Net Neutrality Regulations to Go into Effect November 20, 2011

by Mike Wendy on September 22, 2011

News: John Eggerton at Broadcasting & Cable reports that the FCC’s Net Neutrality regulations have cleared all review hurdles and will go into official effect on November 20, 2011 (11 months after the rules were voted out of the Commission last December).

Expect the flurry of court challenges to the new regulations to officially begin then.

More to come…  

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Politics Matters September 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

On the subject of net neutrality, Bob Gibson, Executive Director of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, recently said: “It’s a debate that is going on in the Congress, and it’s really: Is the Internet going to be something that everyone has free and open access to, or, is it going to be something that is sort of controlled? What we don’t need is a lot of government control in the businesses of the internet. I think what we need is more of what we have with National Public Radio, which is a really true and balanced set of reporting that unfortunately has become politicized. What we are seeing is a shift from “anything goes” on the Internet to a shift where major corporations are shaping the news outlets and buying up more and more of the news outlets and putting them under corporate control and one set of a small number of hands…. We need freeware, we need shareware, and we need open access. People need to be able to trust sources that they can find on the internet, rather than have them controlled in a small number of hands or by the government.” (Gibson appeared on the Charlottesville, VA, politics interview program Politics Matters with host and producer Jan Madeleine Paynter discussing journalism http://bit.ly/pm-gibson)

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