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U.S. As Traffic Cop In Web Fight

Publication Date: 
September 21, 2009
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Author: 
Amy Schatz

Visiting Professor Jonathan Zittrain is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on new rules that will require Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally:

The U.S. government plans to propose broad new rules Monday that would force Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally, seeking to give consumers greater freedom to use their computers or cellphones to enjoy videos, music and other legal services that hog bandwidth.

The move would make good on a campaign promise to Silicon Valley supporters like Google Inc. from President Barack Obama, but will trigger a battle with phone and cable companies like AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp., which don't want the government telling them how to run their networks.

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"Any company or piece of software that becomes popular, generating a lot of traffic, would tend to benefit," said Jonathan Zittrain, the co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.