Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Aug 2010 19:28 UTC
Internet & Networking When Google and Verizon unveiled their joint net neutrality policy proposal, in which the FCC would play a central role in governing the internet, I mentioned how the the FCC might not be the kind of institution you'd want to hand over control to over your pornography life line (also known as the internet). Over the past few days, the FCC pretty much reiterated just why they are no the right people to govern the web.
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RE: Why?
by olefiver on Sat 28th Aug 2010 21:49 UTC in reply to "Why?"
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Well, most of the TLD infrastructure is located in USA.
Most of the worlds internet-traffic passes through the US.

If FCC is mandated to uphold net neutrality, how do one define which internet traffic FCC should govern and not?

The fear (IMHO) in us non-US-ians is that the US' net neutrality laws' effect would spread throughout the world 'cause of the largely centralized structure of the net's large hubs and TLD servers, both of which are by and large located in the US.

Edited 2010-08-28 21:52 UTC

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RE[2]: Why?
by ferrels on Sun 29th Aug 2010 01:04 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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Thom's article is alarmist FUD. The FCC doesn't monitor the net now and they don't want to monitor it in the future. As for net neutrality being mandated, that's FUD too. For the most part, US citizens and the US government alike want nothing to do with net neutrality. We're fairly satisfied with the net as it is.

As for most internet traffic originating in foreign countries having to pass thru the US, all I can say is that you're misinformed. Germans wanting to peruse porn on German web sites do so without ANY data passing to/from the US and it would remain so even if Thom's big, bad, FCC did enforce net neutrality....which they won't. Replace Germany with the country of your choice in the sentence above.

Frankly, I'm getting very tired of Thom's "Chicken Little" articles where he paints the US as some sort of bogey man that's gonna getcha. The sky isn't falling and the US has no desire to police the world's porn, not even Thom's porn. Why doesn't he pick on North Korea? Oh, that's right. The net is restricted there and Thom wouldn't be able to get any info from them. And it would require more effort and real research to write a story about them as well. The US is an easy target, especially when his audience seems to be made up almost completely of non-US citizens who don't understand the FCC's role here or what's going on in the US in general.

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RE[2]: Why?
by Soulbender on Sun 29th Aug 2010 13:36 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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Most of the worlds internet-traffic passes through the US.

Is that a fact? Do you really think intra-europe and intra-asia traffic (which is a lot) does a detour to the U.S? Heck, you could even pass traffic from europe to asia without going via the U.S if necessary.

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