Friday, May 29, 2009

Open and Free

The President reaffirmed his support of Net Neutrality in a speech on internet security.

Our pursuit of cyber-security will not -- I repeat, will not include -- monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic. We will preserve and protect the personal privacy and civil liberties that we cherish as Americans. Indeed, I remain firmly committed to net neutrality so we can keep the Internet as it should be -- open and free.
Since the FCC slapped Comcast's bit-torrent blocking last summer, Net Neutrality hasn't gotten many headlines. Obama's speech is a reminder that the fight is far from over, and that advocates have the luxury of a sympathetic White House on an issue Obama hasn't wavered on since the campaign.

My guess is, once things slow down a bit -- say late 2009, early 2010 -- we'll see Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) back in the spotlight with Neutrality legislation, and a congress willing to take the issue up.

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