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An avalanche of comments has so far poured into the Federal Communications Commission regarding plans to codify the principles of net neutrality, with folks arguing that it will destroy the Internet as we know it to those who believe it will usher in an era of competition […]

An avalanche of comments has so far poured into the Federal Communications Commission regarding plans to codify the principles of net neutrality, with folks arguing that it will destroy the Internet as we know it to those who believe it will usher in an era of competition that results in low broadband price and access for all (in the scenario everyone gets a lollipop, too).

With the commission set to open up the formal proceeding on establishing rules that will prevent wired and wireless ISPs from discriminating against traffic on their networks next Thursday, we at GigaOM thought we’d give you a lighthearted look at the different types of arguments out there. For a more serious perspective, check out our GigaOM Guide to the Net Neutrality Debate. So without further ado, please take the quiz below and see if you can match the quotation about net neutrality to the organization or person that filed it.

Entity Comment
1.

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

A. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking should, “Frame a proposed fifth principle protecting consumers from unreasonable discrimination that includes appropriately robust carve-outs for managed networks and reasonable network management, while promoting a dynamic, open and public Internet…In addition, revenues from managed services are an essential component of the business case for broadband investment. High capacity networks in turn promote a robust public Internet alongside managed networks.”
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Communications Workers of America

Communications Workers of America

B. “Net Neutrality is simply a guarantee of fairness, a prohibition on discrimination. Telephone, cable and wireless companies will still manage their networks and will still invest as they wish. Putting the telephone, cable and wireless companies in control of the content, however, is a recipe for economic disaster.”
3.

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Blue Dog Democrats and 41 Other Democratic Representatives

C. “Public policy should intervene where anti-competitive actions can be identified and the cure will not be worse than the disease. Policymakers must tread carefully, however, because it can be difficult, if not impossible, to determine in advance whether a particular practice promotes or harms competition. Antitrust law generally takes a case-by-case approach under which private parties or public agencies can challenge business practices and the courts require proof of harm to competition before declaring a practice illegal. This is a sound approach that has served our economy well.”
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Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge

Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge

D. “Like you, we believe in a transparent, data driven process and stand ready to work with you on measures that will spur adoption and expand the use of broadband networks. But we remain suspicious of conclusions based on slogans rather than substance and of policies that restrict and inhibit the very innovation and growth we all seen to achieve.”
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David Farber professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University

David Farber professor of computer science and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University

E. “I am concerned that the FCC’s recent call for increased government management of the Internet under the guise of “Network Neutrality” could have the opposite effect. Adding new layers of federal bureaucracy and regulations without a clear and compelling need for such one-size- fits-all government mandates will only discourage companies from investing in Texas and could have negative ramifications on what we have worked so hard to accomplish here. The creation of additional uncertainty, costs and disincentives to investment and job creation is the last thing our nation needs in the current economic climate.”

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  1. Rick Perry is not only smarter than Gigi Sohn, he has better hair.

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  2. I just hope that the US policy does not hurt users of other countries.

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  3. You forgot the most famous one :

    “How do you think they’re going to get to customers? Through a broadband pipe. Cable companies have them. We have them. Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain’t going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there’s going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they’re using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes?”

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    1. Ed Whitacre, former AT&T honcho and now chairman of GM, of course.

      I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with David Farber on two occasions, and he has a no-bull approach to regulation and fair business models. For example, he was absolutely opposed to Time Warner Cable’s trials of monthly data caps with per-gigabyte overage charges. He thought Comcast’s “protocol-agnostic” approach, which slows down certain of the heaviest users at peak times, was a much more sensible means of network management.

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  5. justinpauldavis Monday, October 26, 2009

    I agree, but I’m not so sure about what you said at the beginning. Where are you getting your information? I’m not disagreeing, but I’m just wondering how you came to that conclusion.

    Justin Davis
    Author does not represent the position of LSI, which screens content as an internet filter to K-12 institutions.

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  6. [...] are less than up-front about how their network costs are reflected in their prices, and tend to react with hysteria when faced with regulations that will limit their ability to control the bits running over their [...]

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  7. [...] are less than up-front about how their network costs are reflected in their prices, and tend to react with hysteria when faced with regulations that will limit their ability to control the bits running over their [...]

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