Friday, February 03, 2006

A Primer on Network Neutrality

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the good folks at, who publish a weekly podcast series called "Media Minutes". In this podcast, John Anderson and Kimberlie Kranich provide some important background material about the topic of network neutrality. This podcast was posted to the web on 20 January 2006 at:

The show notes included:

"A primer on network neutrality: what is it, how does it work, why is it important – and why are phone and cable companies so opposed to it? And Indiana becomes the latest battleground in the fight for the right of cities and towns to build out their own broadband networks."

I want to thank Richard James, of Columbus State Community College, for suggesting this selection to me. He wrote "As you may have read on my blogs, it concerns me that I do not hear educators talking about this." See:

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About the Show:

Media Minutes is a weekly, headline-style radio news program focused on issues of media policy and reform. Media Minutes tracks the latest industry developments, keeps an eye on Washington policy-makers, and talks to the experts and activists dedicated to media reform.

John Anderson spent several years practicing commercial radio journalism before leaving that career in 2000. In 2001 he co-founded the Workers Independent News Service, the first nationwide labor-centric radio news service to be launched in 50 years. He is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois Institute of Communications Research and spends much of his free time exploring the worlds of microradio and media collage.

Kimberlie Kranich is a media activist, producer and coordinator of radio and TV programs and partnerships for and with public broadcasting, community radio and independent media. She is co-director of the Youth Media Workshop at WILL AM-FM-TV in Urbana, IL, a founding funder of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, an on-air host at community radio station WEFT 90.1 FM and is on the board of directors of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press in Washington, DC.


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