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Whose Internet Is It?
Last Featured: 3/27/2006

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Renew your driver’s license. Pay a parking ticket. Enroll in community college. These things are now easier to do on the Internet than they are in person. As more public services move online, what happens to those who don’t have access to the Internet? Some communities are hoping to bridge the digital divide by providing free wireless service. But should municipalities be competing with private businesses like phone and cable companies? Upcoming legislation seeks to settle the old conflict between a free market and the public good. And it may forever decide who gets access to the Internet and what kind of Internet it will be.

Interview with Jonathan Krim
Host Margot Adler speaks with journalist Jonathan Krim about the origins of the Internet and the explosive growth that has accompanied its success.

Jonathan Krim is director of strategic initiatives at washingtopost.com, and a former Washington Post reporter who covered technology policy.

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Report from Philadelphia
Reporter Bruce Shimmel examines the City of Philadelphia's ambitious plan to offer wireless Internet service to its citizens and the response of telecomm companies who see that as unfair competition.

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Debate on the Issue
Recorded before a live audience in Palm Springs, CA, industry representative David McClure and advocate Art Brodsky debate the past, present and future of the Internet.

David McClure is president and chief executive officer of the US Internet Industry Association, the primary US trade association for Internet service providers and telecomm companies. Prior to joining the trade group he spent six years as a network engineer for consulting companies, a marketing consultant for hardware and software companies, and three years as the online communications consultant and field agent for the Software Publishers Association tracking international software piracy operations.

Art Brodsky is communications director of Public Knowledge. He is a veteran journalist who worked for 16 years with Communications Daily, a leading trade publication. He covered Congress through the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other major legislation, including telephone regulation at the state and federal levels. He has covered the online industry since before there was an Internet, coming in just after videotext died but before the World Wide Web.

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