The U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet is holding a hearing today on a bill that would regulate certain aspects of net neutrality.
I believe deeply in the principle of free access to all legal Internet destinations. What I want to make sure of is that we don't confuse net neutrality with
responsible network management - the later of which is absolutely essential at keeping your Internet running fast and smoothly. I intend to delve into that subject in the coming weeks.
For now, I'd like to point your attention to an interesting post at IP Democracy about the written testimony that the CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed in advance of today's hearing.
Cynthia Brumfield, who edits IP Democracy, points out that RIAA CEO Mitch Bainwol seems to be leaving that organization's options open when it comes to net neutrality regulation.
I also took a look at National Cable and Telecommunications Association CEO Kyle McSlarrow's testimony (PDF) in advance of today's hearing. McSlarrow offers a thorough outline of the cable industry's position on responsible network management.
Since I'll be writing much more on this subject later, I won't dwell on it here today. But, it's important to point out that in light of the RIAA's concerns, McSlarrow's testimony states that piracy of copyrighted works is a shared concern of the cable industry.
McSlarrow is correct. Piracy of copyrighted works by P2P users is a critical issue for broadband providers, like Insight, to confront, and innovative solutions to this problem can be developed through cooperative efforts of the affected stakeholders.
Efforts like the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)'s P2P Best Practices Initiative and Digital Watermark Working Group are examples of how the cable industry can work in cooperation with P2P service providers and content owners to answer the issue of P2P piracy without additional government regulation of the Internet.