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[ NNSquad ] Re: Comments by American Consumer Institute

It's a probably a good idea to put the American Consumer Institute in its proper Astroturf context:


And if you still believe them I have a bridge you might like to by on the cheap.

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Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press :: www.freepress.net
SavetheInternet.com :: www.savetheinternet.com

The National Conference for Media Reform
June 6-8, 2008 :: Minneapolis

-----Original Message-----
From: nnsquad-bounces+tkarr=freepress.net@nnsquad.org [mailto:nnsquad-bounces+tkarr=freepress.net@nnsquad.org] On Behalf Of Brett Glass
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2008 4:50 PM
To: NNSquad
Subject: [ NNSquad ] Comments by American Consumer Institute

Worth reading -- the American Consumer Institute has filed some
excellent comments with the FCC outlining the various positions on
"Network Neutrality."

Network Management Facts and the Tragedy of the Commons
American Consumer Institute "ConsumerGram"

The debate over elements of the Net Neutrality (NN) policy platform
promoted by a handful of advocacy groups is now focused on what
techniques, if any, Internet service providers (ISPs) should be
permitted to use for the purpose of managing congestion over their
private networks.  This ConsumerGram provides a set of facts on
which there seems to be no reasonable basis for disagreement, shows
how these facts are important in resolving the network management
debate,  reviews the main elements of the positions of the
contending parties, and offers a consumer welfare perspective on
the issues and their possible resolution. This ConsumerGram shows
that, ignoring the facts on net management can lead to the wrong
conclusions and policies that ultimately reduce economic benefits
for the vast majority of online consumers.

Issues to Be Resolved

A coalition of advocates united by concerns about threats they
perceive to NN recently petitioned the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to find unlawful Comcast's interference with
selected peer-to-peer (P2P) Internet traffic.  The interference
involved applications enabled by P2P protocol that permit users to
exchange large files including high resolution movies and other
bandwidth intensive content, but requires so much bandwidth that it
can slow down all traffic on the network.  Comcast claims the right
to manage its network and asks the FCC to declare that its
practices are reasonable and fully consistent with the FCC's
Broadband Policy Statement.  Dozens of parties commented on the
petition and what follows summarizes some of the main positions and
their implications for consumers.

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