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Statement of Commitment to Open Networks

(Revision 1.01 effective 2010-09)

 

This Corporate Policy Statement reflects OneCommunity’s Corporate policy with respect to operating its network assets and related assets in an open fashion.

Background & Definitions

The concept of an “open network” has its roots in common carriage, where common carriers are carriers of goods, people, and information such as trains, planes, buses, and telephone companies, discriminate with regard to what was carried or where, insofar as it was lawful, was deemed contrary to the ideal that the efficient movement of goods and information is essential to our economy, our culture, and our nation.

Today, “open networks” is the idea that Internet and other communications network access providers should not discriminate with regard to what lawful applications an individual can use, or the lawful content an individual can upload, download, or interacted with over the network.

In 2005, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) issued its Broadband Policy Statement (also known as the Internet Policy Statement), which lists four principles of open Internet, “To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to:”

  • Access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  • Run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
  • Connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
  • Competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

These points are often summarized as “any lawful content, any lawful application, any lawful device, any provider”.


OneCommunity’s Commitment to Open Networks

OneCommunity operates its network in a non-discriminatory fashion. Insofar as it is within the law, we do not favor any one destination, party, entity or application over another. This includes but is not limited to access to the OneCommunity network and related assets as being equal to all individuals and companies alike. We do not discriminate against rivals or individuals.


Evolving Issue, and Unwavering Commitment

Due to the political debates in 2010, the definition of “open network” continues to evolve. Regardless of the outcome of the debates, OneCommunity remains committed to operating its network within the law, and in a fully open manner.


 

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