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Obama Not Backing Away From Net Neutrality

February 1, 2010 Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , Regulation

There have been persistent rumors that the Obama Administration has been “backing away” from network neutrality. These rumors usually start with the unsupported but oft-repeated idea that Susan Crawford was “forced out” by Larry Summers for her “extreme” views on NN and move on from there. I would say I hoped this put such rumors to rest, but it won’t. The artificial manufacture of the “rumors” is part of an overall strategy to marginalize network neutrality as “extreme” even for the “socialist” Obama Administration. To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, it is widely reported that Obama is backing away from his commitment to network neutrality, and this conclusion is therefore ‘fact-esque.’ Still, for the curious, here is what Obama actually said about this on February 1, 2010.

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Google Voice’s Regulatoty Status: Cloudy With A Chance of Title I

November 2, 2009 AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , Regulation

Last week, Google filed its response to the FCC's letter of inquiry on Google Voice. You can find the actual (redacted) letter here. Leaving aside AT&T's effort to make political hay from this on the network neutrality side (which has included such colorful issues as whether GV blocks calls to Benedictine nuns), the letter presents Google's explanation of how GV works and whether the FCC should treat it as a Title I "Information Service" entitled to do whatever it wants or a Title II "Telecommunications Service" with a duty to complete any call.

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