Posts tagged with 'open internet'
Net neutrality, or challenges to it, hit the news again last week when a US federal appeals court took the side of Verizon and ruled against parts of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) net neutrality rules.
I thought I'd take the opportunity to detail what net neutrality is, what the arguments for and against are, how it has been flouted in the past and what this latest ruling could mean for the internet and marketers in particular.
Firstly, let's look at last week's ruling. You can read the court transcript here, it makes for good reading on the issue.
The world needs to move towards a more open internet and remove the “digital handcuffs” that stifle innovation and democracy, according to EC vice president for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes.
During a speech at W3C in Lyon Kroes said that the EU required new legislation to protect a free and open internet while also ensuring that copyright holders were properly recognised and rewarded.
But she also criticised the complicated licensing systems for copyrighted material in Europe, stating that copyright societies were lying when they claimed to be working to protect artists.