Net neutrality concerns and China’s Telecommunication Act

CNET reported public, drastic debate of the Net Neutrality, and careful considerations of a bill at backside, among stakeholders. As the representatives of the new voice from internet, those giants, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft criticized that the Net Neutrality bill might bring unpredicted potential demage to the internet users, while leaving a loophole to those triple-players or tradional operators who own and operate the internet transmission services. A good blog post pointed out what the world will become if the net neutrality is killed off:

In other words, customers might only get to run applications approved by the carriers. Not only would that result in dramatically higher costs for consumers and businesses, but many speculate it would seriously hamper innovation.

Of course, there must be a long way for the Net Neutrality into a real bill, but this kind of argument will help improve the maturity,integrity, fairness, will eventually benefit the end users.

At China, the anticipated Telecommunications Act is not enacted yet, under longer than 25 year's tough development. The Act, at its draft stage, according to the MII, will be finalized at 2006. It was said the reason for continuously postponing was the uncertainty of the convergency of three networks (telephone, vedio, and data). Comparing to the openness and public participation reflected by the above report, we might better our legislation process to let more people and experts, enterprises involved.

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One Response to Net neutrality concerns and China’s Telecommunication Act

  1. hi2005 says:
    Excerpts from the blog B2Day follow:

    The legislative process does not work well when it has a weak understanding of innovation and tech policy. You are talking about 535 members who need to to get this. They have a very shallow understanding [of Net Neutrality]. If you go give them a quiz about the seven layers of the Internet, good luck.

    You live by the sword, you die by the sword. It is much harder get a law off the books than to get it on. Someone will think it is a good idea to apply the same rules to the other side’s products and services. Be careful because you are playing their game [the telcos’]. We are talking about resources, ability, and 100 years of skill.


    It is too facile to say the Internet belongs to the public. People are married to the metaphor of the public space, but they run into trouble when it comes to who should pay for this stuff. They think it should be the government. That’s not going to happen. The government is broke, It’s going to stay broke. There won’t be a Tennessee Valley Broadband Authority.


    You have to make it financially difficult for providers to act in certain ways because the grassroots consumer base will get angry.

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