People of faith want pipes that carry Internet data to be 'agnostic'
- Escrito por By Mark Pattison/ Catholic News Service
But many faith leaders would like the pipes that carry Internet traffic to be agnostic, which they define as not knowing what is moving from one computer to the next. That is one way of describing the principle of net neutrality.
The Federal Communications Commission this spring announced its intent to draw up language that would enforce net neutrality. Already a couple of net neutrality cases with religious overtones have surfaced.
When a barbershop quartet aficionado tried sending files of public-domain barbershop quartet music via a file-sharing service, but was blocked by Comcast from doing so, The Associated Press conducted its own test, trying to send the similarly copyright-free King James Bible using a file-sharing service.
AP's file-sharing was likewise blocked. In January, Catholic Relief Services sent text messages to Sprint telephone users, asking them to call CRS to make a donation for Haitian earthquake relief. But three days into the initiative, Sprint told CRS, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency, to shut down its text-to-call operation or risk losing access to all Sprint users.
Text messaging, like the Internet, falls under the purview of the nation's telecommunications giants.