Free Software and Net Neutrality News

At least someone in Washington understands the issues around Net Neutrality
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011...

"Network neutrality principles are the foundation the Internet was built on," said Senator Cantwell. "They support a layered architecture, open standards, and an end-to-end design that gives end users the power to create and commercialize their innovation without having to ask permission from network operators.

"The reason a seemingly technical issue such as net neutrality has become such a politicized fight is that the financial stakes are so high. If we let telecom oligarchs control access to the Internet, consumers will lose."...

"Net neutrality is one of the most important issues facing our country today," said Senator Franken. "The recent FCC ruling on net neutrality does not do nearly enough to protect consumers, and this bill is designed to maintain a free and open Internet. This isn't just about speech, it's also about entrepreneurship and innovation, and it’s about our economy."

If this is actually a usable tool, it could be a big deal. Microsoft Exchange Server has, up until now, not had a serious competitor in the world of Free Software. Open Xchange might change that. I'm going to have to install this on a test server and give it a try.