Skype CEO John Silverman and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will both be at an event at the Brookings Institute in D.C. today talking about the future of the internet.
Silverman will be talking about getting Skype on the 3G network of cell phone providers. Right now Skype is currently blocked over 3G networks and only allowed over wireless routers that are wired to home or business networks. Silverman thinks that this will challenge the providers which most likely won’t be favored in the cell industry. Especially since Skype traffic would be over the internet and not used against your cell phone minutes.
Genachowski will be talking about how the internet needs to stay a free and open platform. Basically that net neutrality needs to be the rule. He may reference the Comcast debacle that was back in 2008. Genachowski doesn’t want the providers constricting the “lanes” of the information super highway. He wants the internet to be available to all and make sure that it is affordable as well. He makes note of the fact that in many towns, there are very few providers driving any sort of competition, and in many towns, there is just only one. He belives every household should have many different options, wired or wireless; and the same goes for the rules on both wireless and wired as far as the restrictions. Wirless providers should not be able to restrict traffic based upon their protocols or destinations.