The End of the Internet As We've Known It
Blognonymous posted on this back when it was still "a point of view" being put forward by executives of BellSouth and AT&T, but no longer. We're seeing the end of the Internet, as a neutral carrier for content and services, unfold before our eyes. Does anyone really believe that once "pay-for-performance" is in place the telcos won't use this to their advantage? Of course not.
BellSouth claims that they merely need to recover the costs of new protocols and high-bandwidth services, but freezing out competitors, or alternately, slowing their services down just enough to make them useless also provides tremendous advantage. How about blocking a competitor entirely. Got your own version of VoIP? Well then...no need to carry Skype on your network. As for the little guys--bloggers, small businesses, Internet magazines--we risk being frozen out entirely unless we're already partnered with a bigger brother.
Indeed... this is the end of the Internet as we've known it, and no one should feel fine.
A couple of questions- First, what can we do to prevent this? Anything? Will Congress have a hand in it?
And I guess I am a little confused about what this all means. Are content providers basically DSL providers? Or are they companies like google, yahoo, etc? Will it be enough to protect oneself to have a web-server company as a host- like yahoo or something, as opposed to a free blog hosted by blogger (for example)?
Is this even legal?
And I see what they mean by 'content providers' now.
Another unfortunate scenario would be BellSouth blocking all packets from Blogspot users because Blogger didn't "pay-up". Maybe AT&T would favor Typepad because they paid and Blogger didn't? All kinds of nastiness.
Neil - No truer words..."If you don' pay, I can't guarantee your packets get d'livered, and you want them d'livered, don' youse?"
Devang - I agree in principal, but as we're finding out here in Babylon by the Bay, the resistence to municipal broadband can be pretty stiff.
cans and string.
Its so frustrating. At one point I e-mailed several prominent blogs asking them to cover this issue but none of them gave me a response.
Coincidentally, Peter Daou at Salon didn't think this was worthy of coverage either. I mailed the link this morning, but he didn't pick it up.
Glad I could be of service.