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Net Neutrality just passed…in Chile

Yesterday, Chile became the first country to guarantee net neutrality:

Net neutrality: you want it, we want it, ISPs pretty much hate it. Chilean politicians? Those guys love the stuff! The Board of the Chamber of Deputies voted almost unanimously to pass Bulletin 4915 which, among other things, forces an ISP to:

…ensure access to all types of content, services or applications available on the network and offer a service that does not distinguish content, applications or services, based on the source of it or their property.

I’m with the Engadget guys, I’m thinking about moving. The state of online communications in this country is sickeningly inadequate. Our service is slower than dozens of other countries. It’s more expensive than other countries. And now the land of the free and the home of the brave gets beat out by Chile in guaranteeing that my Internet use won’t be filtered, blocked or otherwise fucked with by my Internet Service Provider?!

And all because the big telecom companies would rather make money by squeezing every last drop out of their old, crappy networks than investing in faster, better pipes for our high-speed Internet to run on.

Enough already! Obama and Genachowski, you’ve got until September to join Chile and guarantee freedom and protection for consumers on the Internet. When that comes to pass, it’ll be far past time.

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Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.

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