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Newmark Versus McCurry on Net Neutrality

The Wall Street Journal is running an online discussion — Should the Net Be Neutral? — between Craig Newmark of craigslist fame and Mike McCurry, former Bill Clinton press secretary and now lobbyist and PR consultant. Craig (an advisor and contributor to this center) takes the side of neutrality. McCurry takes the side of his employers, the telecoms that want to re-architect the Net to make it more like TV.

More on this later…

4 Comments on “Newmark Versus McCurry on Net Neutrality”

  1. #1 Kingsley
    on May 24th, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    Maybe you should have some more disclosure about the sponsors of the neutrality proposal, Dan. This is such a content companies vs telecom companies issue that is being spun (quite successfully, I’m afraid) as an internet user vs telecom companies issue.

  2. #2 The Real Paul Jones » McCurry vs Newmark - PR vs Exerience
    on May 24th, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    [...] Dan Gillmor and Ed Cone (for two) cover the Wall Street Journal sponsored email exchange between telecom industry PR guy Mike McCurry and principled enterpreneur Craig Newmark (not that I’m biased ;->) on Net Neutrality. Both Gillmor and Cone point out that Newmark wins on the facts. He gets extra points by actually knowing them as opposed to McCurry who cites his employers without, he admits, clearly understanding what it’s all about. McCurry can spin, but Newmark clearly wins. [...]

  3. #3 Internet Junkie
    on May 25th, 2006 at 6:39 am

    Kingsley makes a good point. I myself am part of the Hands off the Internet coalition, and one of the reasons why is that after reading up on the issue I realized it was not a fight between the little guys and the telecoms. A lot of these people arguing for Net Neutrality are content providers and therefore have a vested financial interest in protecting net neutrality. One side is not angelic and the other evil, both have financial motivations.

  4. #4 Dan Gillmor
    on May 25th, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    OK, check out the backers of Save the Internet, a coalition supporting net neutrality. Show me a list of telecom company supporters that begins to match these folks.