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Robin Chase tells Congress why we need an open, neutral Internet

Robin Chase, the founder of ZipCar, testified in front of Congress. She argued that Congress ought not remove the FCC’s authority to prevent access providers from deciding which information moves fast, slow, or not at all. [pdf]

6 Responses to “Robin Chase tells Congress why we need an open, neutral Internet”

  1. Actually, Robin Chase’s testimony demonstrated why we don’t need regulation of the Internet. She founded several Internet-related companies in the absence of any regulation, and did just fine, thank you. This demonstrates that no regulation of the Net is needed. Period.

  2. She found several companies that succeeded because Net neutrality has been the rule on the Internet.

    The FCC’s Net neutrality regulation does not regulate the Internet. It regulates the companies that sell us access to the Internet. It prevents them from violating the existing neutrality of the Net.


  3. “Network neutrality” has never been a rule on the Internet. From its earliest days, the Net has prioritized some types of traffic over others. And that’s a good thing.

    And please don’t start with this “Oh, the FCC isn’t trying to regulate the Internet” nonsense. That’s the party line of Google’s lobbyists, who want the Net regulated so as to serve Google’s corporate interests at the expense of the public interest.

    Fact: The FCC is attempting to regulate the Internet. Illegally. This WILL be stopped. They will regulate my network (which is part of the Internet) when they pry my keyboard from my cold, dead fingers.

  4. Q: Whose behavior is constrained by the FCC Net neutrality regulations?

    A: The access providers.

    QED. Net neutrality regulates the access providers.

    Whether or not the Google lobbyists say it doesn’t affect the truth of the statement or the validity of the argument.

  5. Again, nonsense.

    The FCC is attempting to regulate the characteristics of the networks that comprise the Internet.

    In short, it is trying to regulate the Internet.

    How much of your salary is paid by Google?

  6. As I’ve told you in the past, and as my disclosure statement explains: $0. Ever.

    My position at the Berkman Center pays me $0. My half-time job at the Harvard Law Library pays me a half-time salary. I make additional money writing, speaking and consulting. Google has never paid me anything, ever.

    So, you’re going to have to acknowledge at some point that I disagree with you because I disagree with you, not because I’m getting paid to disagree with you. I really don’t see why that’s so hard for you to believe.

    Frankly, Brett, you’re the one who has a financial interest in your beliefs. As you may have noticed, I have never ever attributed your beliefs to that financial interest. Do me the same courtesy.

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