“Net Neutrality” for Dummies (which would be most of us)

If there was a competition for “Confusing Buzz Words of 2010,” “Net Neutrality” would probably be at the top of the list. It’s a complex and convoluted issue on numerous levels. Like the FCC getting ready to “regulate” the industry when there is considerable doubt whether the agency actual has sufficient authority. Like the fact that they’re going to propose rules for “wireline” Internet (cable, DSL, dialup) in a trade off that will leave hands-off wireless. Which is sorta like regulating horse and buggies about the time everybody’s switching to the horseless carriage.

Last night “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC (with Chris Hayes substituting) did a pretty decent round up of the issues. Start your primer on the “Net Neutrality” issue here:

It’s pretty clear that — whatever the issues – “Net Neutrality” is an important concept. It just doesn’t look like anybody’s really got a handle on the issues. Nor is is easy to have much confidence that emerging enterprise can prevail over monolithic corporate interests in the unfolding debate. This one is going to take a while to shake out.

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