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Online Activism Isn’t Dead

The social and political impact of the Internet is growing at a rapid pace. After all of the successes credited to President Obama’s social media campaign network in last fall’s election, we still find ourselves at the earliest stages of development of the social layer of the Net.  Still, some are quick to dismiss the activist power of the…

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Broadband Grants Will Require Nondiscrimination

The federal agencies responsible for administering the broadband stimulus program have announced their initial grant criteria, and the news on the openness front is good. In comments filed in April, CDT urged that broadband services supported by stimulus money should connect users to the full Internet and the full range of Internet-based content and applications, as selected by…

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Don’t Slam the Door on Usage-Sensitive Pricing

Americans are accustomed to flat-rate, all-you-can eat pricing plans for Internet service. The appeal is obvious; nobody wants to feel that the meter is running with each moment spent online, or that he or she has directly wasted money each time a Web site or YouTube video turns out to be sillier or more pointless than expected. ¬†Earlier this…

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Measurement Lab Provides Open Platform for Network Testing

The Measurement Lab, a collaborative project launched on Wednesday by the New America Foundation, the PlanetLab Consortium, and Google, will provide researchers with an open platform to host network diagnostic tools that, for example, enable users to determine the speed of their connections, detect traffic discrimination or prioritization, or troubleshoot connectivity problems. The idea is that…

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Neutrality and Caching

There has been lots of discussion in Internet neutrality circles this week about Monday’s Wall Street Journal article claiming that Google, in seeking to enter caching deals with ISPs, is departing from its stance in favor of Internet neutrality. Google and a number of commenters (here, here and here) by now have…

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Innovation, the Open Internet, and the Next President

The “open” nature of the Internet is a core issue for CDT – just check out the tag line right next to our logo. It should be a cornerstone of the next president’s Internet-related policy as well. First things first: What does the term “open” even mean in this context? Above all, it means that the Internet has minimal…

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EU Says Keeping Internet Open to Innovation is Key Policy Goal

The European Commission earlier this week released a paper identifying the following as the key challenges for the next stage of the Internet: (1) continuing to update broadband infrastructure to improve accessibility and speeds; (2) keeping the Internet open to new business models and innovation; and (3) addressing privacy and security concerns. This is a sound list. From CDT’s perspective,…

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Comcasts Spells Out Congestion Management Plans

Back in March, CDT welcomed Comcast’s announcement that it would move to a “protocol agnostic” technique for managing network congestion. No technical details were provided, but the announcement certainly seemed to imply that the new technique would steer clear of singling out particular protocols, services, or content for inferior treatment. In other words, it would avoid the kind behavior…

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