Saturday, July 26, 2008

Say "No" to Filtered Nationwide Broadband

I recently joined the Berkman Center for Internet & Society as a fellow, and one of my first efforts was to help draft some comments for the FCC. Many of the folks at the Center were disturbed by the Commission's recent proposal to mandate content filtering on the "AWS-3" band of spectrum it plans to auction off for broadband internet service.

From the summary:

"The Internet is distinguished by its flexibility as a platform on which new services can be built with no pre-arrangement. While requiring filtering of known protocols in itself raises serious First Amendment conflicts, forcing the blocking of unknown or unrecognized traffic hampers both speech and innovation."

You can read our full comments here, and a blog post about it here.

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