Saturday, November 25, 2006

Readings for Group 2 Presentation Next Thursday, Nov. 30

The readings for Group 2's presentation next thursday on Net Neutrality are:

High stakes battle over net neutrality - Denver Post

Congress must keep broadband competition alive - Lawrence Lessig

VIDEO: Hands of the Internet Co-Chair Mike McCurry on Net Neutrality - Politics TV

Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!


At 11:18 AM, Blogger Greg D. said...

Good presentation today. Here are some questions to ponder:

- Great contradictions in your story ... the "anti-neutrality" corporations accusing the "net neutrality" corporations of seeking "corporate welfare," and the "libertarian" NGOs on the net neutrality side basically pleading for government intervention ... highlight these!

- Which side in the debate seems to be using a "Web 1.0" vision vs. a "Web 2.0" vision?

- Is there an analogy here to the "media concentration" debates (specifically referencing the connection to, say, Robert McChesney)?

- Is it really "speed" that is at issue in net neutrality? What about "presence" or "space" on the home page or portal of a net user -- something which Microsoft and Google are both still trying to capture?

- What does it mean when important debates like this are played out through the medium of flash-based animations?

- And finally, a question I didn't get to mention in class: within an institution like UW-Madison, do we experience "net neutrality," or are high-bandwidth uses of our internal net infrastructure -- like downloading movies and music or game-playing, for example -- segregated out in some way?


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