2006/04/06

Prepare For The Internet Toll Gate

Real quick 'cause I'm short on time. CNET is reporting that Republicans have stripped "Net neutrality" amendment from the current telecommunications legislation. This Democratic-sponsored amendment would have created laws and fines for telcos and ISPs that put in place "pay-for-performance" schemes.

Bad news to be sure. For additional information check out this post: The End of the Internet As We've Known It

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Very bad. Republicans shouldn't be able to dictate how IPs charge...
Very bad. Republicans shouldn't be able to dictate how IPs charge...

Actually it's the other way round. The Democrat's amendment would have put in place restrictions on telcos attempting to deploy tiered service. In other words service where, "...either you pay me more, or I slow down or block you packets". The issue has to do with the nature of the Internet. As it stands, Microsoft's packets are delivered exaclty the same as the packets from your blog, no preferences. Telcos want to give preference to the Googles, Yahoos, and MSNs if they pay. The danger being that smaller content providers may get frozen out--Goodbye to the egalitarian Internet.

Republicans in quashing the amendment have essentially said: "The Internet is not a public trust, corporations can use their finanacial advantage to freeze out competition."
I;ve said it million times.. dont tax the internet...
TAX PORN!!!

We'd be rolling in dough...
Do Republicans ever put people before money?
I;ve said it million times.. dont tax the internet...TAX PORN!!!

But my dear Crackpot...porn is the Internet. Tax one and...
Is it really that much of the moneypot? Hmm.

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