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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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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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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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September 1, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Net neutrality, FCC: The Internet is already open

It’s great that so many are interested in preserving and nurturing the Internet; unfortunately, much of the discussion is misguided. The Seattle Times’ editorial [“Innovation would be stifled under FCC’s plans,” Opinion, Aug 19] is one example of well-intentioned, but misguided. The Federal Communications Commission did not propose a “two-tiered” Internet, and has said there…

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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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May 22, 2014 at 7:28 AM

What would a future without net neutrality look like?

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed new rules for the Internet that would create “fast lanes” for certain content providers — which could allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge companies and websites for faster delivery of their content to consumers. The Internet, as consumers know it, could change drastically.

The Seattle Times opinion pages asked readers to imagine a future Internet with toll booths and fast lanes for content providers. Below are several responses:

Fast lanes would limit competition

Net neutrality is a major issue that should be given serious attention. Internet speeds must remain uniform for all users. Anything else would be noncompetitive and unfair. Based on The Seattle Times’ editorial, I have submitted the following to the Federal Communications Commission:

“I believe and urge that the FCC maintain a neutral Internet whereby all Internet traffic travels at the same, highest possible, speed. It seems patently unfair to

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March 5, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Net neutrality: Reclassify ISPs as Common Carriers

The Internet scarcely even existed 25 years ago, yet we all now depend on it [“FCC won’t appeal ruling on Internet neutrality,” Business / Technolgoy, Feb. 19]. What an amazing change in a single generation. And now, while our attention is being distracted by foolishness in Washington, D.C., the wide-open information on the Internet…

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August 16, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Regulating the Internet: Google and net neutrality

Google was right to reject network-neutrality rules Hopefully Google’s rejection of network-neutrality rules will lead policymakers to rethink other regulatory excesses that put America’s Internet at risk. [“Google accused of betraying net-neutral roots,” Business, Aug. 5.] The biggest danger is the fringe idea of replacing America’s existing open-competition system with the type of “forced access” currently…

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