Today's traffic-shaping hearing being run by the Federal Communications Commission at Harvard Law School also will give the traditional telecom and Internet sectors a further glimpse at the Net neutrality intentions of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who also will be attending the event. It is the FCC's show today and Comcast will be in the hot seat, but the direction the traffic-shaping controversy takes will depend much more on the ability of Congress to craft some clear, balanced Net neutrality legislation. It needs to ensure that no carrier can pursue an undisclosed strategy that results in content and users being blocked, but there must also be a process for identifying what is necessary and well-meaning network management practice, and what is just plain nefarious.
- read this preview story at The Boston Herald
- Rep. Markey re-introduced Net neutrality legislation two weeks ago