After a long hiatus, we’re back with our first show of the year, but this latest episode touches on issues we have debated on previous shows. Namely, does America need a national broadband policy, and should so-called net neutrality principles be part of such a plan? Related to that, we once again discuss what sort of business models broadband providers should be able to use when trying to balance consumer demands and efficient network management policies, since that issue has been at the heart of ongoing debates about Net neutrality policy. This is currently the subject of great debate at the Federal Communications Commission, where comments are due next week on the issue.
Two networking / IT experts join us for the podcast this week to discuss the ramifications of potential government regulation of broadband network engineering issues. The experts are Matt Sherman, a San Francisco Bay Area web developer and a technology policy blogger who blogs at RichVsReach.com, and George Ou who is the Technical Director of ZDNet, and is a former IT consultant specializing in Internet engineering and IT infrastructure and architecture issues. Also on the show are Adam Thierer of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, Jerry Brito of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Tim Lee of the Cato Institute.
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