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Tech Trends Series to cover net neutrality

Alex Curtis, director of policy and new media for Public Knowledge, will address the question “Why Should We Care About Net Neutrality?” as the next speaker in the Tech Trends Series. His presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 28) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

Network/Internet—“net”—neutrality is a regulatory principle aimed at preventing Internet service providers from blocking their customers from certain Web sites (possibly their competitors’) and having to pay a fee to access the blocked sites, and from favoring a particular content.

Curtis will discuss:
• How the Internet works;
• A brief history of telecommunications/network regulation;
• FCC deregulation of telephone companies;
• Why net neutrality is important;
• Instances of network discrimination and implications of telephone-company merger agreements,
• What can be done in the policy arena to prevent discrimination on the Internet.

Curtis has worked on Capitol Hill for Sens. Mike DeWine and George Voinovich and, while on the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on legislative issues, on such issues as broadband, digital online music and open access to networks.

Public Knowledge is a public-interest organization that works on behalf of consumers and innovators at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications and information policy.

The Tech Trends Series is sponsored by the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

For more information about Public Knowledge and net neutrality, go to

Discussion addresses BGSU’s progress toward diversity

The Honors Diversity Committee will host a student-led discussion titled “Diversity 101: Is BGSU Taking the Road to Equality and Diversity?”

The campus is invited to attend the 7 p.m. discussion on Thursday (March 1) in the Honors Loft, Harshman Quadrangle.

Monitor takes Spring Break

Monitor will not be published March 5, the first day of Spring Break. Publication will resume March 12.

February 26, 2007