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FCC Doesn't Understand How the Internet Works, Say Internet Pioneers in Open Letter

Internet pioneers and leading figures published an open letter today calling on FCC to cancel the December 14 vote on the agency's proposed "Restoring Internet Freedom Order." Authors of the letter which include Vint Cerf, Steve Crocker, Dave Farber, Susan Landau, David Reed, Paul Vixie, Steve Wozniak and others state that the "FCC's proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology." More from the letter: "This proposed Order would repeal key network neutrality protections that prevent Internet access providers from blocking content, websites and applications, slowing or speeding up services or classes of service, and charging online services for access or fast lanes to Internet access providers' customers. The proposed Order would also repeal oversight over other unreasonable discrimination and unreasonable practices, and over interconnection with last-mile Internet access providers. The proposed Order removes long-standing FCC oversight over Internet access providers without an adequate replacement to protect consumers, free markets and online innovation."

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Arrogant Whining Anthony Rutkowski  –  Dec 12, 2017 7:11 AM PST

It's sad to see some of the old boys using fading self-ascribed glory to whine to the FCC, "you don't understand." Just how arrogant do you need to be to sign as an "internet pioneer." They don't think that other "pioneers" don't have different views.  Furthermore, there is pretty much zero substantive content in the letter.


Do you think that just maybe they would have the humility to realize that maybe they don't understand the legal system constructs the FCC is dealing with here.

The good news is this is probably their last flailing at a world that has changed around them. NFV-SDNs and 5G have made them irrelevant, and the DARPA internet that won the big internet battles of the 1990s will fade into the history books

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