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FCC vs. Comcast & Net Neutrality linkdump!

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 by billsimmon in Comcast sucks, Digital Culture, linkdump, telco, writing | 3 Comments

I’m writing a piece for SXSWorld Magazine about the recent Comcast/FCC DC circuit court decision and it’s implications for broadband regulatory structure and net neutrality. Sounds like fun, huh? Well if you’re a telecom policy wonk looking for some good info on all this brouhaha, this is the linkdump for you! To wit…

  • Here’s the initial story from the WaPo, covering the basic details of the court’s decision.
  • Here’s the first really clear-headed reaction piece I read, dissecting (and debunking) the various implications and suggesting some possible fixes.
  • The Economist similarly weighs in.
  • This piece at comes right out and says the court ruling is actually a good thing because it will force the FCC to reclassify broadband under title II regulations.
  • Barbershop Punk is a new documentary about net neutrality that features Robb Topolski, the guy who caught Comcast “in the act” of throttling peer to peer connections and started the whole Comcast v. FCC thing.
  • Candleblog pal Casey Rae-Hunter put some of his thoughts on the subject up at The Contrarian.
  • Congress, for its part, is being… well, congress.


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  1. On April 21, 2010, Casey said:

    Here’s some insider hoo-hah for you: my wife is the Development Director for Public Knowledge.

    And I actually know the Barbershop Punk filmmakers pretty well, too. They called Future of Music Coalition up a while ago when they were starting the project, and came to DC to talk to us. Our Policy Director is actually in the movie, which is cool. We got to party with them in Austin at this year’s SXSW, and I think they’ll be coming back to DC for some very special activities in the near future.

    So yeah, this fighting to preserve the open internet is very much a family affair. ;-)

    Oh, and if anyone is interested in seeing Senator Al Franken and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski talking about net neutrality at our last Future of Music Policy Summit, you can do so here:

    (You can also watch me interview Dan Ek from Spotify, which is fairly fucking cool. So is Eliot form WIRED interviewing Radiohead’s manager and Wayne Kramer from MC5 interviewing Ian McKaye. Wheeee!)

  2. On April 21, 2010, billsimmon said:

    hmm… maybe it’s Brooke I need to talk to for my piece… :)

  3. On April 21, 2010, Casey said:

    No, I’m the expert. She’s the rainmaker. ;-)

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