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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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April 22, 2008 7:51 AM

Commerce hearing: Kevin Martin

Posted by Ryan Blethen

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in his opening statement that the commission currently has the authority to keep the Internet open.

He said network providers should not block applications that carry both illegal and legal content. The provider should filter all the content that is illegal. Yes. That would be fine. But how will the telecoms and cable companies determine what is illegal and legal? I worry that content that competes against their products or content will fall into the illegal category.

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