"The Incredible Shrinking Media: Who has my Internet?" was the title of
the Fall Conference 2006 (to be at Yale). For one reason or
another, it did not take place. Was it lack of interewst in the
"Net Neutrality" issue? Or the conceit that a Democratic
Congressional victory automatically meant no more threat to Net
E D I A I N T H E 2 1
st C E N T U R Y
A 21st Century Citizen's Right to Know and
Fall Conference 2007 at the
Capitol - for a
summary report click here.
WATCH IT AGAIN HERE!
SEPTEMBER 6, 2007
Statement from the Department of Justice (in part) below - press
release in full here: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2007/September/07_at_682.html
"...The Department also noted that differentiating service levels and
pricing is a common and often efficient way of allocating scarce
resources and satisfying consumer demand. The U.S. Postal Service, for
example, allows consumers to send packages with a variety of different
delivery guarantees and speeds, from bulk mail to overnight delivery.
These differentiated services respond to market demand and expand
challenges the benefits to society of these differentiated products,'
the Department stated in its filing. 'Whether or not the same type of
differentiated products and services will develop on the Internet
should be determined by market forces, not regulatory intervention.'
Despite the FCC’s call for specific information on harmful broadband
activities, the Department noted that comments filed in response to
this Notice of Inquiry did not provide evidence that would suggest the
existence of a widespread problem that needs to be addressed. In
addition, there is no consensus on what 'net neutrality' means or what
should be prohibited in the name of 'neutrality.'
that a potential danger exists, the ambiguity of what conduct needs to
be prohibited raises a real possibility that regulation would prohibit
some conduct that is beneficial, while failing to stop other conduct
that may be harmful,' the Department stated.
'The FCC should
be highly skeptical of calls to substitute special economic regulation
of the Internet for free and open competition enforced by the antitrust
laws,' the Department said in its filing. 'Marketplace restrictions
proposed by some proponents of ‘net neutrality’ could in fact prevent,
rather than promote, optimal investment and innovation in the Internet,
with significant negative effects for the economy and consumers.'
cautioning against premature regulation of the Internet, the Department
noted its authority to enforce the antitrust laws. 'Anticompetitive
conduct about which the proponents of regulation are concerned will
remain subject to the antitrust laws and enforcement actions by
government as well as private plaintiffs, and the Department will
continue to monitor developments, taking enforcement action where
appropriate to ensure a competitive broadband Internet access market,'
the Department stated.
A copy of the
filing is available from the Department of Justice on the Antitrust
Division’s web site: http://www.usdoj.gov/atr. Paper copies of the
filing are also available from the Justice Department’s Antitrust
Documents Group, which can be contacted by telephone at 202-514-2481,
by fax at 202-514-3763, or by e-mail at email@example.com."
This matter continues...see article
from March 2007 here!
2005 Fall Conference
- Civil Liberties: Balancing Liberty and Security
November 19, 2005, 9am-12noon
Old Judiciary Room, at the Capitol
broadcast on Cablevision Channel 77 in South Western CT for three
weeks...DVD to be available as well - for information about this new
prospect, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Speakers were:
Public Radio audiotaped this program for play around
Thanksgiving...we understand the voice-only version played on their
November 23rd. The NPR reporter took still photos of the League
event. Go to LWVof Weston's "Patriot
Act" page for NPR direct links.
- Roger Vann, ACLU of Connecticut
- Alice Knapp, CT Library Association
- Brenda Bergeron, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland
- Kenneth Dautrich, UConn, Hartford
- John Danaher, Anti-Terrorism Coordinator, U.S. Attorney's Office,
District of Connecticut