Thursday, October 16, 2008

Father of the Internet Endorses Obama Over Net Neutrality

No, I'm not talking about Al Gore. I'm talking about Vint Cerf, the real "father of the Internet." Cert says he is backing Obama because of Obama's stance on net neutrality, which is the question of whether content providers should be charged more for different content by ISPs.

Here's a transcript:
Hi, name is Vint Cerf. I'm Google's chief Internet evangelist and sometimes called the co-founder of the Internet. I want to talk to you today about Net Neutrality.

The concern that some of us have is that broadband access to the Internet in the United States is not very competitive. There are two kinds of providers--the cable companies and the telcos--but often they don't actually compete with each other directly for services to consumers or to businesses that need access to the Net.

The problem with this relatively uncompetitive environment is that those who control the broadband access to the Net may in fact introduce discriminatory practices that interfere either with competitors who are offering value-added services on the Net, or maybe they will interfere with consumers trying to get access to services all around the world who may actually be using those broadband facilities in order to reach the consumer from someplace else.

We believe that the Internet should remain an open environment. It's vital to innovation. Companies like Google, and Yahoo, and eBay, and Amazon, and Skype, and so on, got their start without having to get permission from any ISP or any broadband provider to offer services. They simply acquired access to the Internet, put their services up and then made them available to the general public.

We think that's the best way for the Internet to evolve, and I'm pleased to say that in the upcoming presidential elections, the two candidates have rather different views of this particular matter. Senator Obama in particular sees things the way I do, which is that the Net should remain open, fully accessible and providing access on a nondiscriminatory basis to people who want to offer new services on the network.

While we're talking about this presidential election that's coming up, let me remind every single one of you: register to vote, and then go to the polls on November 4th, or before if you're allowed to do that. You really should vote because it's fundamental to the American democracy.

My name is Vint Cerf; I'm a scientist, and I'm voting for Barack Obama.
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1 comment:

BRS Labs said...

Companies like Google, and Yahoo, and eBay, and Amazon, and Skype, and so on, got their start without having to get permission from any ISP or any broadband provider to offer services.