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Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free - Steve Wozniak - Technology. To whom it may concern: I have always loved humor and laughter.

Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free - Steve Wozniak - Technology

As a young engineer I got an impulse to start a Dial-a-Joke in the San Jose/San Francisco area. I was aware of such humor services in other countries, such as Australia. This idea came from my belief in laughter. I could scarcely believe that I was the first person to create such a simple service in my region. The major expense for a young engineer is the rent of an apartment. Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threatsToo nobel to neglectDeceived me into thinkingI had something to protectGood and bad, I define these termsQuite clear, no doubt somehowAhh, but I was so much older thenI'm younger than that now -- Bob Dylan Moving ahead, I have owned four homes in my life. As a side note, I once phoned the cable company in the town I lived in. In the earliest days of satellite TV to homes, you would buy a receiver and pay a fee to get all the common cable channels. Was It Google And Verizon Or The FCC That Just Screwed Us On Mobile Net Neutrality?

We’ve already covered the FCC Net Neutrality vote earlier today, but something new has come to light.

Was It Google And Verizon Or The FCC That Just Screwed Us On Mobile Net Neutrality?

Something that’s very odd. Something that’s quite frankly a little terrifying. Engadget dug up the FCC’s release [PDF] and found the following nugget buried in the all-important section “Measured Steps for Mobile Broadband”: Further, we recognize that there have been meaningful recent moves toward openness, including the introduction of open operating systems like Android. In addition, we anticipate soon seeing the effects on the market of the openness conditions we imposed on mobile providers that operate on upper 700 MHz C-Block spectrum, which includes Verizon Wireless, one of the largest mobile wireless carriers in the U.S.In light of these considerations, we conclude it is appropriate to take measured steps at this time to protect the openness of the Internet when accessed through mobile broadband Except wait.

As Patel writes: I am slightly more paranoid. A joint policy proposal for an open Internet. Posted by Alan Davidson, Google director of public policy and Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communications.

A joint policy proposal for an open Internet

Google Is Anakin, Verizon Is The Emperor, And The Dark Side Is Winning. Editor’s note: Jonathan Askin is Associate Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School and Founding Director of the Brooklyn Law and Incubator Policy Clinic (BLIP).

Google Is Anakin, Verizon Is The Emperor, And The Dark Side Is Winning

Wireless Is Not Different. You Can’t Be Half-Open. Last week, a firestorm erupted after Google and Verizon jointly proposed new rules to lawmakers for protecting the “open Internet” and net neutrality.

Wireless Is Not Different. You Can’t Be Half-Open

When Google and Verizon professed their love for the open Internet (“Google cares a lot about the open Internet,” said CEO Eric Schmidt), they left out the future of the Internet, the wireless Internet. Instead, they would only apply to the wired Internet. Plenty of people called Google out for its hypocrisy. Either you are open or you are not. There is no such thing as being half-open (it’s like being half-pregnant). The Tea Party Hates Net Neutrality Because It’s An ‘Affront’ To Free Speech. Umm… The Tea Party, the “American socio-political movement that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests,” and known for its colorful protest signs (as seen here), hates Net Neutrality.

AT&T Crying Over Net Neutrality And Wiping Their Eyes With Piles Of Money. Last month, I wrote that it was hard to feel sorry for AT&T.

AT&T Crying Over Net Neutrality And Wiping Their Eyes With Piles Of Money

The context there was that their love/hate relationship with Apple over the years has been tough on them. Boo hoo. Today, AT&T is playing the sympathy card again — this time in the context of net neutrality. Pathetic. Google, Just Cut The BS And Give The Gordon Gekko Speech Already. The past few days I’ve been bookmarking posts about Google, Verizon, and net neutrality to read later.

Google, Just Cut The BS And Give The Gordon Gekko Speech Already

For the past few hours I’ve been doing that — and I’ve barely made a dent. It seems that everyone who has ever written a word on the Internet is up in arms about the situation. And what’s amazing is that nearly all of them are in agreement. There’s no clear consensus as to why Google is selling us out, but the consensus is that they are. And I have to agree. Before I begin, let me just state that there are only a handful of companies I adore because I love their products. And that’s exactly why what they’re doing with regard to net neutrality is so disappointing.

In light of this week, much has been made about Google’s unofficial motto “don’t be evil”. Instead, Google’s intentions are much more transparent: greed. Guess Who Else Disagrees With Google’s Net Neutrality Plan? Google In 2006. “The new Internet.

Guess Who Else Disagrees With Google’s Net Neutrality Plan? Google In 2006

If AT&T and Verizon have their way.” That was the final warning in a public service announcement that ran on television in the run up to the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2007. Guess who made that video? Google. That’s striking, of course, because of the news this week that Google has now compromised with Verizon on a proposed net neutrality plan. Who besides Google and Verizon do agree on this compromise? Earlier today, we were pointed to a new site made in protest of the Google/Verizon plan.