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RE: Battle to control Internet threatens open access

>From the context I think the author would have more accurately spoken of
the "Web", and the revolution inspired by the development of the http
protocol in the early 90's rather than the Internet.  Although older
technologies, such as listservs and newsgroups also made for powerful
changes.  It is hyperbolic to speak of the internet being designed for
these purposes, although I suppose the creators of http and newsgroups had
the outlook the author describes.

Jim Morgan
Educational Technology
Indiana University School of Medicine
(317) 274-1408;morganj@iupui.edu

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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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> 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
> News and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
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