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November 23, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Net neutrality: Would you want an ISP to deny connection?

The recent letter claiming net neutrality is similar to requiring all restaurants charge the same amount is typical of the confusion over what net neutrality actually is. Net neutrality is not about the speed of your Internet connection or telling Internet service providers (ISPs) what they can charge. Nobody is claiming ISPs should not be…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Internet, net neutrality, Russ Glaeser

November 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Marketplace Fairness Act: Paying taxes to other states is unfair

In a recent editorial, the Seattle Times criticized U.S. House Speaker John Boehner for rejecting Internet sales tax legislation [“If John Boehner kills the Marketplace Fairness Act, it would hurt Washington state,” Opinion, Nov. 13]. As a small online business owner, I am thankful that leaders in Congress are taking a more thoughtful…

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Comments | More in Taxes | Topics: House Speaker John Boehner, Internet, Marketplace Fairness Act

November 12, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Net neutrality: GOP siding with business

Just who do the Republicans think President Obama represents? Obviously, they firmly believe the president represents only business interests [“Obama steps into divisive debate on net neutrality,” Nation & World, Nov. 11]. I have news for them. President Obama represents the people. The “overreach” the GOP is complaining about is quite necessary: The Internet…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Elizabeth Williams, Internet, net neutrality

September 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Net neutrality: Government needed to keep Internet open

There is a core assumption from guest columnist and academic Brent Skorup that the government is evil and that commercial operations such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Comcast are better [“The Internet is not like an electric or water utility,” Opinion, Aug. 31]. His assertions that we should not let the government regulate broadband…

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Comments | Topics: Federal Communications Commission, Internet, net neutrality

September 3, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Net neutrality: Trust the government over cable companies

It seems that guest columnist Brent Skorup [“The Internet is not a public utility,” Opinion, Sept. 1] is asking us to trust the corporations to govern themselves and not trust the government to regulate the Internet. I trust the government more than the corporations. I envision an Internet that is just a huge, wide open…

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Comments | Topics: Federal Communications Commission, Internet, net neutrality

September 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Net neutrality: Irrational fear of censorship

On Sept. 1 the Times featured an opinion piece “The Internet is not a public utility.” The guest columnist strongly insinuates that all regulations on Internet service providers are bad while carefully not mentioning what any of the regulations do. The regulations he derides prevent service providers from censoring your content or price gouging…

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Comments | Topics: Internet, net neutrality

July 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Time Warner-Comcast merger: What competition?

The chairman and chief executive of Comcast, Brian Roberts, is looking to fortify his company for an increasingly competitive era [“CEO bulks up Comcast for the future,” Business / Technology, July 6]. I ask skeptically, “What competition?” I have little choice in the telecommunications, cable, Internet marketplace. DirecTV is hardly a good alternative. Both…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Cable, Carla Barnes, Comcast

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…

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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…

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

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