Some interesting comments on the FCC inquiry

Here are some of the jewels among the comments submitted to the FCC on Save the Internet’s hilariously silly petition opposing sensible network management practices.

Brett Glass, the operator of a wireless ISP in Wyoming, points out that Saving the Internet would put him out of business and his customers off the net.

Rob Atkinson of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation explains a bit about networking in general and DOCSIS in particular.

Comcast slams its clueless critics in a forceful and detailed response.

Competitive Enterprise Institute advocates market solutions.

Jerry Brito of the Mercatus Center reminds the Commission of the framework around new rules.

AT&T comments in support of rationality:

Some net neutrality proponents urge the Commission to preserve what they view as “the fundamental idea on the Internet since its inception . . . that every Web site, every feature, and every service should be treated exactly the same.” But this “dumb pipes” vision of the Internet is irresponsible nonsense. Some real-time Internet applications—such as video, voice, and telemedicine—have a much greater need for high service quality than other applications, such as ordinary e-mail. The Internet’s constituent networks can satisfy consumer needs only by treating such applications differently.

Verizon lays out the dollars and options:

Investing nearly $23 billion, Verizon has led the charge in fiber deployment and now makes its fiber-to-the-premises network (FiOS) available to 6.8 million homes and businesses, with plans to pass 18 million homes and businesses with FiOS by the end of 2010. Verizon’s investments are prompting competitors – such as the cable companies and other broadband providers – to respond, which has benefited consumers with lower prices and increased speed and quality. Competitive alternatives include 3G mobile wireless, fixed wireless/WiMAX, WiFi, broadband over powerline, and satellite. Verizon Wireless’s 3G technology, for example, now reaches 242 major United States cities with a total population of more than 200 million people.

George Ou gets down with the technical issues, and illustrates the key point.

Hands off the Internet joins the fray.

Progress and Freedom manages the demand glut.

Save the Internet isn’t wearing any clothes.

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