By: Jason Llorenz, HTTP Executive Director
The New York Times’ Eduardo Porter recently called for a more aggressive interpretation of the Federal Communications Commission’s “net neutrality” rules.The particular issue Mr. Porter addresses is Comcast’s development of a new way to access “on-demand” cable programming through the Xbox gaming console, just as they would on the more traditional “cable box.” Porter thinks the government should force cable broadband providers to count these videos against any data “cap” a provider institutes in order to manage traffic and congestion on their networks (Comcast, for instance, now has a 300 gigabyte monthly cap).
Tuesday’s State of the Union address, and the policies it outlined were encouraging for many reasons — , most especially those that reaffirm a commitment to ensuring the dreams of all our communities are given the chance to be fulfilled.
While the President touched on a number of important goals for America, lets like to take a moment to highlight his comments to technology and innovation. , HTTP members have long held that, while technological advancements are important in their own right, achieving key milestones in broadband adoption, wireless connectivity and technological innovation are imperative to facilitating progress toward our nation’s larger economic and social policy goals.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Dec. 22nd, 2010 – Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules dealing with the issue of “net neutrality.” The following statement should be attributed to the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP):
The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) recognizes and appreciates the FCC’s efforts to develop its proposed Network Neutrality regulations. HTTP and its members are pleased that our concerns have been considered in the further development of the Commission’s regulations.
By Jason Llorenz, Esq.
Executive Director, HTTP
Washington, D.C., December 20, 2010 — The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) commends Senator Rockefeller for his ongoing commitment to protecting the privacy of all Americans. The green paper released by the US Department of Commerce’s Internet policy task force includes key recommendations for reinvigorating the national commitment to establishing effective transparency for data practices, and outlines a process for translating transparency into consumer choices through a voluntary, multidisciplinary process that would enhance consumer trust online.
Washington, D.C., December 1, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski just released the agenda for their upcoming December 21st meeting at a press conference held at the FCC. In regards to net neutrality, the FCC will consider “an order adopting basic rules of the road to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition, and free expression.”
The following can be attributed to Jason Llorenz, Esq., executive Director of the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP):
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s remarks last week regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) continued pursuit of net neutrality regulations ignores the progress made in finding a legislative solution.
First and foremost the legislative compromise sponsored by Chairman Waxman was explicitly endorsed by the FCC. To reverse course and repudiate that endorsement would relegate this meaningful compromise to the scrap heap, forcing all the parties involved to start over and expend more time and energy on a debate that has stolen the oxygen from the real issues facing communities in tackling the digital divide.
Earlier this week, the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is seeking input on whether wireless broadband and specialized services should be exempted from proposed rules that would bar broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content. Our filing expressed deep concern that the FCC’s new proposed broadband and wireless regulations would be counterproductive for the people it serves. Specifically, that the proposed net neutrality regulations will not help to achieve the broader policy goals of expanding broadband access, choice, or affordability for members of the Hispanic community.
Washington, D.C., October 1, 2010 — The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), makes the following statement:
We are disappointed that House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman, Henry Waxman’s proposed legislation has fallen to the wayside. We believe that the Congressman’s proposal struck a compromise that ensured an open Internet and encouraged continued broadband innovation and investment needed to reach universal Internet adoption and access across America.
– from Broadband for America:
A new national survey by Hart Research Associates finds substantial opposition to government Internet regulation, with 75 percent of respondents saying the Internet is working well and 55 percent saying the federal government should not regulate the Internet at all.
More from the survey: “When asked if the federal government should regulate the Internet, 57 percent responded ‘no.’ Of the 31 percent who thought the federal government should regulate the Internet, more than two-thirds said any such regulation should be focused on privacy, online safety and protecting children.”