Pepper v. Cerf on Net Neutrality


November 8, 2006 - 0 Comments

SAN JOSE, CA – Cisco’s Robert Pepper debated Google’s Vint Cerf today in San Francisco at the Web 2.0 Summit and by all accounts the debate was a draw. Given the fact that it was a very friendly crowd to Cerf’s side of the argument (i.e. pro-regulation of the Internet), this is definitely a victory for those against Net Neutrality (i.e. anti-regulation of the Internet). Reports are that Cerf was a bit surly and agitated (and even “bristled”) by some of the arguments, although he got the most applause by attacking Cisco…not sure why, as I think we’re a good (and nice) company, but to each his/her own.Maybe Cerf is agitated to be advocating for a position based on where he is sitting rather on where he stands. Clearly, when he was at MCI, he was anti-regulatory, but, hey, he knows where his bread is currently buttered.Anyway, there is a good write up on ValleyWag for your reading pleasure.Also, please see a previous blog entry where I surmise that Vint Cert and Robert Pepper may have been separated at birth.



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