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Four Voices from Freedom to Connect

Today’s Internet is an engine of innovation, creativity, free speech, and democratic participation. Applications like email, the web, and voice over IP have changed the way we communicate. Companies like Amazon, Google, and eBay point towards new ways of doing business that are fast becoming integral to people’s daily lives.

The combined effect has undermined established pre-Internet businesses from retail stores to publishers to telephone companies. These interests have taken their case to the Federal Communications Commission, the courts, and now to the U.S Congress.

In this edition of AudioBerkman, we’ll hear four voices from Freedom to Connect discuss the issue of “Net Neutrality” and explain the forces that are now colliding for the future of the Internet.

The hour consists of excerpts from four talks given at Freedom to Connect in Washington, D.C. on April 3 & 4, 2006:

Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA)
Chris Sacca (Google)
Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell
Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt

Download the MP3 (time: 54:59)

Produced for the Public Radio Exchange by David Isenberg and Colin Rhinesmith. Music by Joe Craven.

May 22nd, 2006

Freedom to Connect with Dewayne Hendricks

It’s Day Two at F2C 2006, here at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Yesterday, Daniell Krawczyk and Colin Rhinesmith conducted interviews with a number of exciting participants and attendees, including Joe Van Eaton, Tim Wu, Cynthia De Lorenzi, and Doc Searls.

This morning, Colin sat down with Dewayne Hendricks, currently CEO, of Dandin Group, Inc. to speak with him about the challenges facing municipal broadband networks, as Congress debates legislation involving our Freedom to Connect.

“Dandin Group offers a comprehensiverange of products and services, including research and product development, for wireless communications via the Internet. He also has been an active member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council (FCC/TAC) for the past eight years.” – Freedom to Connect

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Produced by Colin Rhinesmith.

April 4th, 2006

Freedom to Connect with Esme Vos

AudioBerkman producer Colin Rhinesmith speaks with Esme Vos, founder of, following a late morning panel titled, “Muni Tsunami” featuring Jim Baller of Baller Herbst Law Group, Ron Sege, CEO of Tropos, and David Isenberg, Berkman Fellow and co-organizer of Freedom to Connect 2006. Colin asked Esme to talk more about and other grassroots wi-fi groups working to raise awareness about the issue of Net Neutrality.

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Produced by Colin Rhinesmith.

April 4th, 2006

Rep. Rick Boucher at Freedom to Connect

U.S. Representative Rick Boucher, serving his twelfth term representing Virginias Ninth Congressional District, is at the forefront of federal information technology policy making. He has a long history of involvement in and a deep knowledge of advanced telecommunications and information technology matters. He also extensively examines the intersection of technologies and copyright law, authoring legislative measures to promote technological innovation and the rights of consumers while ensuring that creators of intellectual property are fairly compensated. Congressman Boucher originated the Congressional Internet Caucus in 1996. This bipartisan caucus has grown to more than 170 members of the U.S. House and Senate.” – Freedom To Connect.

Listen to Rep. Boucher, who spoke during a Tuesday morning session at F2C 2006, discuss how the new House Telecom bill would impact Video Franchising and Network Neutrality.

2 comments April 4th, 2006

Freedom to Connect with Cynthia de Lorenzi

“That’s Entertainment”, a conversation with Cynthia de Lorenzi, Washington Bureau for ISP Advocacy, at F2C 2006.

“Entertainment.” That’s how Cynthia de Lorenzi, former CEO of (a recently acquired ISP) framed the fight between Cable and the Teleco’s. She explained that while the folks at the F2C conference understand what’s at stake, it’s not making much sense to most people. We caught up with her during a break in the action to ask her to expand on this notion, that its all really a struggle over entertainment, and if we could frame things in these terms, we might be better able to reach the average joe.

Listen to Daniell Krawczyk’s interview with Cynthia De Lorenzi.

Produced by Colin Rhinesmith.

April 4th, 2006

Freedom to Connect with Tim Wu

Colin Rhinesmith sat down with Tim Wu, Professor at Columbia Law School to ask him about his new book, “Who Controls the Internet?”. During his morning presentation, “Getting Network Neutrality”, Tim explained that “while the terms of network control have changed over the years, the question remains the same: What are the duties of the carriers of information?”

Tim described what he sees as the three main points involved in the net neutrality debate: “blocking, transparency, & tiering.” With the latter, Tim says “I happen to think that consumer side discrimination is a good form of discrimination,” arguing that user side tiering is okay, but application side tiering is not okay.

Listen to Tim discuss these points in further detail and learn more about his new book.

Produced by Colin Rhinesmith.

April 3rd, 2006

Freedom to Connect with Joe Van Eaton

Sit anywhere in the main theater at the AFI Silver today and you’re likely to be surrounded by names you’ve read in print and online. During the opening sessions, I wound up next to someone I’d met before in person AND had recognized online, due to his great work defending local franchising — Joe Van Eaton from the law firm, Miller & Van Eaton.

While I had him trapped next to me in the auditorium, I signaled Colin to grab his trusty recorder to lock Joe in for a quick interview. We felt that he would be uniquely suited to explain why the fight for local franchising is intertwined with network neutrality. Listen to hear him explain why a shift from local to national control would have a major impact on the enforceability of any network neutrality law. – Daniell Krawczyk, Technology Editor at Media Policy Blog

Produced by Colin Rhinesmith.

April 3rd, 2006



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