Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Let's give it up for Maine!

Maine has become the first state to pass legislation on net neutrality. And people are pretty happy about it:
“Maine is the first state in the nation to stand up for its citizens’ rights to a nondiscriminatory internet,” said Senator Ethan Strimling, the original sponsor of LD 1675. “The rest of the nation should follow suit and study what can be done to protect net neutrality.”

Shenna Bellows, Executive Director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union said, “Maine is once again leading the way in protecting the rights of its citizens. This resolution will help re-establish the internet as the free and open arena of democracy it was always intended to be.”

Tony Vigue of the Community Television Association of Maine said, “This important legislation puts Maine first in affirming that Internet providers should not be allowed to discriminate by speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination.”

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1 comment:

HandsOffPlease said...

Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the bill simply require Maine to study how net neutrality would affect competition, choice, cost, etc.? I've been a part of Hands Off the Internet for awhile now and net neutrality requirements remove the incentive to build and expand network capabilities. That's not we need right now. I'm still waiting to be able to use FiOS in my area. It will be interesting to see what this study turns out.