You may remember the Sorcerer’s Apprentice played with magic without fully understanding the implications. The consequences were ones that he could not control and which were most distasteful. The US Congress may be indulging in something similar. For commercial reasons put forward by those who would win if there were no Net Neutrality, the US Congress has rejected the principles of Net Neutrality.
There has been an enormous amount of ink used on these matters during the last two weeks. Here are a few items that will help you understand what is going on:
The Struggle for Net Freedom
House rejects Net neutrality rules
The Day the Wild, Carefree and Sexy Internet Died
It’s a complex issue and it’s tough to stand back and get the big picture. However this would seem to push the USA down a different road from that the US Administration was following back last November. Then Condoleezza Rice was supporting the choice of a US private corporation, ICANN, as the defender of Internet universality. Here is a quote from a letter of support she wrote then:
The Internet has become an essential infrastructure for global communications, including for global trade and commerce, and therefore we firmly believe that support for the present structures for Internet governance is vital. These structures have proven to be a reliable foundation for the robust growth of the Internet we have seen over the course of the last decade.
If the US Congress has its way, then it is unlikely the world will accept that ICANN should continue to be the preserver of global net neutrality.