Then a monopoly, AT&T declared that any device that it didn’t make could potentially harm the network, even though about the only way to damage that era’s network of copper wires and electromechanical switches would’ve been with an ax.Ancient history? Yes, but maybe worth repeating.
FCC ruling from 1968 may have impact today, KEVIN MANEY, USA TODAY, February 1, 2007
Of the FCC’s current net neutrality principles, the third is:
consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network;Historically, we know how that worked before. When the FCC left the decision of what devices harm the network to AT&T, we know what we got.
FCC Adopts a Policy Statement Regarding Network Neutrality, TechLawJournal, 5 Aug 2005
Imagine what we could get if someone could make a device that could pull in TV signals from anywhere (broadcast or cable) along with Internet videos, voice, etc., and redistribute them anywhere over the Internet. A device that would also work with any wireless telephone carrier’s network. Hard to imagine? So was the Internet before the Carterfone decision. Maybe net neutrality isn’t just about tubes, maybe it’s also about faucets and kitchen sinks and lawn sprinklers.