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Day one of David Isenberg's two-day Freedom to Connect conference in DC has ended, and I don't know that we have a handle on "net neutrality" or the larger issue of how we sustain the freedom and openness that has been so much a part of the Internet's architecture and culture throughout its history. Money changes everything, and the Internet is clearly a platform for profitable innovation.
As FCC Commissioner Michael Copps pointed out in his opening address, we view the Internet as a place of freedom and openness where the possibilities for innovation are endless, with a dumb network and intelligence at the edges. But we're hearing a warning: new broadband "toll bridges" that would give network providers a cut of content providers' profits could restrict this freedom, openness, and innovation.
To ask web sites to pay for the traffic they generate is problematic in two ways: companies for delivery of content. But it's a model that's possible, and one that it's the content that makes the broadband service valuable, and the large service providers would be "double dipping" by charging users for access and web-based service providers like AT&T and Verizon are seriously considering as a way to participate in the success of companies like Google.