Home > Features > If You Control the Internet, Does That Make You Master of the Universe? • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

FEATURE

If You Control the Internet, Does That Make You Master of the Universe?

If You Control the Internet, Does That Make You Master of the Universe?

December 22, 2010
Text size: 
Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality boost the paysite market?
Yes, it will soon
  39.66%
Yes, but in a few years
  36.87%
No
  23.46%
Out of 179 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.

Today, amidst controversy on every side, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an as-yet unpublished set of regulations that are supposed to enforce “net neutrality;” that is, to prevent Big Telecom and other big business entities from restricting access to Internet content from their rivals and, theoretically, from any other content they might want to try and block.

The regs also are supposed to prevent discrimination that would favor traffic from broadband providers or their business partners. According to an Associated Press article posted today, broadband providers will allow consumers to access “all legal online content, applications and services over their wired networks — including online calling services, Internet video and other Web applications that compete with their core businesses.”

“Today, for the first time, we are adopting rules to preserve basic Internet values,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who worked for more than a on developing the new regulations. “For the first time, we’ll have enforceable rules of the road to preserve Internet freedom and openness.”

The Republicans on the FCC don’t like it because they think it’s too much regulation. The Democrats on the FCC don’t feel that the regulations are enough. Internet pundits, free speech bloggers, media analysts and hacker-types have been abuzz all week on the potential (or non-potential) of the new regulations. And politicians on both sides of the Aisle are questioning whether the FCC has overstepped its boundaries as a regulatory body.

But as many of us know, when you do things by committee… well, it’s often impossible to come up with concepts that pleases everyone … or actually work, for that matter.

And that’s the trouble with the Internet – it’s the wild, wild West and the frontier is as infinite as a billion light years worth of uncharted territory. Between the space cowboys and would-be sheriffs, the prophets and profiteers, the pirates and the pioneers – it’s hard to say who will end up Masters of the Universe. Kinda hard to conceptualize, much less regulate so much space.

In U.K. this week, the government announced that they are considering blocking all adult sites, so that those wishing to view adult material online would have to “opt in” to view sexually explicit content. Legislators claim that this action will protect underage Internet users from being exposed to material that could have negative effects on them, while digital rights activists says the move is tantamount to “generalised censorship through the back door.”

British officials are planning to sit down and negotiate with Internet service providers, who would be blocking the content, but several ISPs have already said that the strategy will be impossible to carry out.

Just ask Australia and China.

(Photo: Courtesy of The Smithsonian Institution)


OPINIONS & VIEWS

Expanding Your Mastermind Group Should Be a Game Plan

After a decade of selling an automation software product for managing websites, it’s been interesting to follow the trends of our customers throughout the past year. At the end of every year, we... More »

‘Anything Interactive’ Will Be in Industry’s Future

With the new year upon us, many people focus on resolutions and 92 percent of those who make them don’t succeed in keeping them. Others look towards the future. Looking back to the early years of... More »

Focusing, Again, on Tradeshow Etiquette

I’m very excited to have been asked by XBIZ World to write the third part of my ongoing series of articles on tradeshow etiquette. In Part I of the series, I discussed business cards, substance... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Everything To Do With Sex Show

Jan 27 - Jan 29
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The European Summit

Mar 04 - Mar 07
Barcelona-Sitges, Spain

The TEA Show

Mar 05 - Mar 06
Hollywood, CA

Phoenix Forum 2017

Mar 23 - Mar 26
Tempe, Arizona
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!