Who Should Control the Internet?
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Currently, the Government controls the Internet and does not allow discrimination on who uses it or how they access it, a principle called “net neutrality.” Even if you use one telecommunications company, for example, you can access a competitor’s website.
Large telecommunications want to control Internet access so they can profit better from it. Congress is poised to let them do it with the COPE Act, scheduled for a vote in May and sponsored by Joe Barton, Republican of Texas, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Barton has received substantial donations from industries poised to make billions if the COPE Act becomes law.
Guests: Lauren Coletta, Director of Media for Common Cause
and Scott Cleland, Chairman of Net Competition.Org and Founder of Precursor LLC, an industry research and consulting firm,