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RE: Battle to control Internet threatens open access

What a strange article.  It's very emotionally arousing, but provides
little or no actually useful content.  Copps' opening statement that "The
Internet was designed to defeat government or business control and to
thwart discrimination against users, ideas or technologies" strikes me as
questionable at best (wasn't the Internet originally designed by the
government as a communication system for the military?).  And what exactly
are the "non-discrimination" rules that the FCC is considering doing away
with?  Is there a specific proposal on the table?  In what forum?  Is it a
legislative or policy issue?  What exactly is the "breathtaking regulatory
change" toward which the FCC is "rushing"?

Frankly, this piece reads like an email chain letter.

Rick Anderson
Director of Resource Acquisition
University of Nevada, Reno Libraries
(775) 784-6500 x273

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> [mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu]On Behalf Of Heather Morrison
> Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2004 9:19 AM
> To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> Subject: Battle to control Internet threatens open access
> This commentary from Michael Copps, FCC commissioner, may be of interest
> to Liblicense readers...
> Battle to control Internet threatens open access.  A new battle is brewing
> at the Federal Communications Commission. It's about the future of the
> Internet. Entrenched interests are threatening open consumer access to the
> Net and stifling innovation and competition in the process. The full
> article will be available on the Web for a limited time:
> http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/7495091.htm (c) 2003 Mercury
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