In light of “SBC CEO Edward Whitacre’s comments about charging websites a fee for providing services to SBC broadband customers”:1, NYCwireless is launching the *NYCwireless Network Neutrality Broadband Challenge*.
*NYCwireless is challenging every company that provides broadband services in NYC to make a public statement supporting the 4 Network Neutrality principles outlined below.* We will keep a scorecard on the NYCwireless website showing which companies have shown a commitment to free trade and open access by embracing these principles.
p=. “*NYCwireless Network Neutrality Broadband Challenge*”:2
Every provider should include a web page with their public statement on their own websites. We suggest that the URL to find a provider’s stance on Network Neutrality be made available to the Internet community via the URL *http://YourISPWebsite/neutral.html.*
Network Neutrality is the concept that network operators provide free and non-discriminatory transport on their networks between the endpoints of the Internet. This has been a basic concept and function of the Internet since it was invented, and is adopted by the FCC in these “four principles to ensure that broadband networks are widely deployed, open, affordable, and accessible to all consumers”:4:
# “Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.”:5
# “Consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.”:6
# “Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.”:7
# “Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.”:8
* “SBC Statement Analysis”:9
* “Commentary by Timothy Carr of FreePress”:10
* “Article on Network Neutrality”:11
* “Network Neutrality website”:12