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Net Neutrality And Broadband: Google, Verizon And The FCC

Steve Scher
08/17/2010 at 9:00 a.m.

In a recent joint statement, Google and Verizon explained how they imagine the future of the Internet: Open and free Internet for all — to a point. They believe some services should travel at faster speeds for a fee. The Federal Communications Commission says it should be the one to regulate the Internet, not the free market. Who should control the Internet? Would cost tiered Internet services destroy the creativity and freedom we've known on the web? The Obama administration has invested heavily in expanding and improving broadband services in the US. They believe Internet access is vital to compete in the global market. Should Internet access be free, or should better services be available for purchase?

Guest(s)

Bill Schrier is the chief technology officer of the City of Seattle.

Craig Aaron is the managing director of the nonprofit advocacy group Free Press. He recently edited and co–authored the book "Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age."

Jim Harper is director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is also a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

Congressman Jay Inslee represents Washington's First Congressional District.

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