Thursday, August 5, 2010

Comparing reactions to two articles on net neutrality

If you think the world is getting smaller you might be surprised to see how differently Americans and Europeans see the issue of net neutrality.

This article by the Washington Post comes right out in the first paragraph can calls efforts by the FCC an attempt institute government control of the Internet.

Thwarted in his campaign to set government control over consumer access to the Internet, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has been trying to salvage his efforts by negotiating directly with a handful of the biggest Web firms and network service providers.
So the Washington Post's perspective is that efforts to stop AT&T and Verizon from instituting tiered broadband speeds are a government takeover. Not surprisingly, comments to the story are uniformly critical of the FCC, crying "socialism" and "tyranny" as readers position themselves on the side of the telecoms.

Across the pond, however, The Guardian and its readers see things a little differently.

"The internet giants Google and Verizon are reportedly close to a deal that could bring an end to "net neutrality", allowing the telecoms company to prioritise the order and speed in which it delivers content to users," The Guardian begins, seeing the issue as one where consumers are at the mercy of big corporations who are out there dividing out the world into haves and have-nots, you are definitely a have-not unless you are willing to pay more.

Readers are reacting differently, as well:

 "There is going to be a two tier system with a new internet that has content controlled by Globalist media. This will be much faster than it is now. The internet as we now have it will be attacked, fall into decay and die leaving only the controlled corporate owned internet."

Another writes: "There is going to be a two tier system with a new internet that has content controlled by Globalist media. This will be much faster than it is now. The internet as we now have it will be attacked, fall into decay and die leaving only the controlled corporate owned internet."

On this side of the pond the talk is all about government takeovers and the end to free enterprise; across the way people fear corporations will collude to divide the spoils and consumers will be the ones left to pay the price.

In the meantime, Google is walking back talk that they are about to sell out, but the proof will be in any announcement made over the next few days.

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