Network Neutrality Ebbing?

According to this article in today’s Wall Street Journal “the celebrated openness of the Internet – network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic – is quietly losing powerful defenders”. Really? But millions of Americans have taken a stand in support of Network Neutrality, and Barack Obama has even pledged to “take a back seat to no one” in his commitment to Net Neutrality. Check out what Obama had to say in his own words about Net Neutrality here. Even major senate democratic political figures have announced their support for network neutrality.

So what gives with the Wall Street Journal article? Tim Karr, of Free PressSave The Internet Campaign was quick to respond via a posting and call to action called Net Neutrality in the Front Seat. He says essentially, that the article paints support for Net Neutrality as ebbing, by confusing a Google plan to utilize “edge caching” technology as a fundamental violation of Net Neutrality by one of its biggest corporate supporters. But ultimately, network neutrality is a “public mandate” and that we are actually much closer now than ever before to securing network neutrality. He also points out that there has been no evidence of Obama “softening” his position on network neutrality. Whew!