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February 11, 2015 at 6:50 AM

Net neutrality should be enacted by Congress

I agree we need strong new net neutrality rules, but they should be enacted by Congress, not the Federal Communications Commission [“Getting a win for net neutrality,” Opinion, Feb. 3]. The FCC regulations guest columnist Timothy Karr favors face several difficulties. For one, the FCC’s plan to classify the Internet as a Title II…


Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Everett M. Ehrlich, FCC, Federal Communications Commission

May 23, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Net neutrality: A market-driven idea to give discounts to users

Columnist Brier Dudley wrote that continuing with Internet neutrality is like taking general traffic lanes away for buses, making traffic worse for everyone [“Net neutrality more myth than reality?” Business/Technology, May 19]. In the Internet world, his analogy goes, the traffic comes chiefly from the demand for high-quality video delivered over the Internet. This…


Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Brier Dudley, FCC, Internet

April 29, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Open Internet: Access to the Internet isn’t free

The Seattle Times recent editorial “Don’t create toll booths on the Internet” [Opinion, April 27] seems to need a little more thinking. When you haveone company utilizing 30 percent or more of the available bandwidth for delivery, any Internet service provider (ISP) is going to find ways to offset the capital cost of provisioning services to…


Comments | More in Internet | Topics: FCC, Internet, ISPs

February 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Open Internet: Regulatory bodies beholden to those they regulate

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

The Opinion pages on Sunday provided a great background on the raging battle over the future of access to information in the U.S.

Chuck Aaron’s piece [“The day we lost the Internet, Opinion, Feb. 1] outlined the current state of affairs and the dangers that lie ahead for affordable access to information for the public if the FCC rolls over on this.

Then we have Michael K. Powell’s explanation of how good we have it under the thumb of Comcast, Time Warner, et al. [“U.S. a leader for the ‘open Internet’, Northwest Voices, Feb. 2].

Ostensibly, the role of the various regulatory agencies — USDA, FDA, FCC, etc. — is to protect the interests of the commons, perhaps for the cause of a more perfect union.


Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Chuck Aaron, FCC, Mark Ryan

February 2, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Net neutrality: U.S. a leader for the ‘open Internet’

Your editorial on the recent net neutrality decision [“FCC must protect Internet users, net neutrality,” Opinion, Jan. 15] misses a few important points. First, by most measures, the U.S. is a world leader in broadband. We have the most affordable entry-level pricing; are one of only two countries with three competing broadband technologies; and…


Comments | More in Internet | Topics: broadband, FCC, Internet

May 9, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Obama’ choice for FCC chair

Tom Wheeler deserves a more thoughtful critique I was appalled to see your editorial criticizing the nomination of Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission based on one advocate’s opinion [“Editorial: Find better FCC voice,” Opinion, May 5]. I have known Tom Wheeler for 20 years and he deserves better. During my time as chief…


Comments | Topics: FCC, Federal Communications Commission, President Barack Obama