Monday, October 19, 2009

Tech CEOs and founders: Keep the Internet open!



This morning, in an open letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, 24 CEOs and founders representing the world's leading Internet and technology companies -- including Facebook, Sony, Amazon, eBay, Twitter, and Google -- threw their support behind the effort to protect an open Internet.

In the letter, the execs express their strong support for the Chairman's plan to begin a process to consider adopting rules that would preserve and promote consumers' open and robust access to the Internet, explaining:

An open Internet fuels a competitive and efficient marketplace, where consumers make the ultimate choices about which products succeed and which fail. This allows businesses of all sizes, from the smallest startup to larger corporations, to compete, yielding maximum economic growth and opportunity.

These companies have succeeded largely thanks to the open Internet, the world's ultimate platform for innovation, economic growth, and free expression -- an environment where consumers, not broadband providers, choose winners and losers.

18 comments:

RFC said...

great! and why we don't extend this freedom to the rest of the market, letting costumers free to choose!

Josh & Jen said...

If I, as a normal consumer and Internet advocate, can add my name to the list, then so be it. Josh Armstrong, Web designer, photographer with 1000wordsmedia.com, and Husband/Dad.

Let the Internet be free and open.

Dream big. Live Loud.

Ghosty said...

Awesome.

KDN said...

It is great to se Google behind an initiative like this. Separating the internet into bulks where the one who pays the most gets priority is an attack against democracy.

Millennium said...

if only the physical market had such support to be free.

kozaki said...

Yaisse ! On ne pourrait ĂȘtre plus d'accord.

Simply couldn't agree more! Now am just surprised some of those companies did violate this principle on occasions, e.g. with dictatorial States.
So it's time to let those other 5.000.000.000 people -that do not yet have an access to the web- enter the game and improve it with their needs & creativity, isn't it?

kozaki | lliseil

Topcun said...

He is impressive that the giants of Internet now defend what they have dedicated themselves to block, the open Internet and the opportunity for all. But it is important to make notice that they have soiled the network with his ambition and the pages esyan 'graffiteadas' by announcements of all nature, google and its famous virus googleUpdate that is intrusive and not even stops if the user wants to disappear it of his equipment, the lack of standard in us navigators by economic ambitions have produced all a battle where the developers must fight to make their applications with the majority, accepting compatible applications in a navigator and not in others, giving support in sites for developer, or products and soon disappearing them because they are gratuitous and when up a level of then business the ambition already wins to them. To who they want to deceive with his ambition to seize of the network with his Cloud Computing and to leave outside to which we worked developing enterprise applications. We are not deceived, Internet is a business and the market is here and the great vultures are ready to swallow all the booty. But at least please, respect the privacy and the rights of the users.

exutable said...

Awesome, so much respect for you guys.

Keep the internet open.

-Dane Shea

zelrik said...

Keep the internet open, do not cripple technology but embrace it. Not not fight change when change is inevitable.

bone said...

Yeah, to heck with the companies that built the infrastructure bringing the internet to your house..........
If you regulate them too much, and they go under..........wait, they probably fall into that too big to fail category and the government will own the internet too.

Michael said...

Bone touched on exactly what I've been thinking. In early '08 I saw net neutrality as the "thing to do" to protect consumers. Recent events have caused me to re-evaluate my position. No matter who is in charge, government abuses its power. Given the opportunity our government will take control of the net in order to silence its opposition. The free market must be allowed to operate in order to assure an open internet. If an ISP behaves abusively they will lose customers to their competition.

Rajesh Shenoy said...

Isn't this a little too utopian for comfort? By the same token, we could abolish toll highways too, or varying speeds according to broadband rate plan. It just isn't very practical. There should always be differentiation towards those who are ready to pay more. *That* is freedom. *That* is a win for end consumers! I'd be very happy if broadband providers go net-neutral because of market pressures. But regulatory mandates? I'd say no.

Jeff Cohn said...

A VoIP based system could be ad supported and make carriers a lot more money while at the same time fixing all of the millions of cell phone dead zones see http://deadcellzones.com. I don't think the management teams at the wireless carriers really understand the power and scale of location based advertising. They are just scared to cannibalize their money printing machines.

RobFisher said...

What Rajesh Shenoy said!

Montana said...

Oh how sweet..now google is sucking up to this White House to take away more of our freedoms. How stupid do you think the American Public is? Have you forgotten what Iran did to their internet when their citizens took to the street?
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, President Barack Obama, and the rest of the radical left want to use the Net Neutrality movement as the crisis that gives cover to sweeping big government action, allowing the FCC to pick winners and losers and dictate to private individuals and firms how their private property must be run, putting government bureaucrats in charge of the Internet.

Montana said...

Oh how sweet..now google is sucking up to this White House to take away more of our freedoms. How stupid do you think the American Public is? Have you forgotten what Iran did to their internet when their citizens took to the street?
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, President Barack Obama, and the rest of the radical left want to use the Net Neutrality movement as the crisis that gives cover to sweeping big government action, allowing the FCC to pick winners and losers and dictate to private individuals and firms how their private property must be run, putting government bureaucrats in charge of the Internet.

derek said...

Right now, net neutrality seems like an attractive option. Government enforced net neutrality, however, may turn out different than we would hope to expect. Up to now, the work in building the internet infrastructure has been impressive. The positive aspects of the internet that we enjoy daily have come from individuals being innovative and pragmatic. What will the next generation of innovation look like? I don't know. But I think it will be best fostered by creative individuals dedicated to positive principles, and not by a pattern of government regulation.

MONICA said...

Awesome, so much respect for you guys.

Keep the internet open.