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Net Neutrality 
16th-Jun-2008 09:38 pm
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It is back again: Net Neutrality.

I just witnessed a disturbing video. The Internet will end in 2012.

No. Really. No jokes. I'm not laughing. This is a net neutrality issue. According to the video, major ISPs appear to be in on the gig that come 2012, your choices will be limited to a subscription of internet services and sites. Those tiny websites you like to visit? They will cost you extra. Most will fold due to a lack of traffic. Say goodbye to bittorrent. Say goodbye to choice and your freedom. This makes it easy for governments and corporations to filter what you are told and can learn. ... If it is true...

Visit I Power to learn more.



Now, on to the other part of this: can anyone reading this post independantly confirm what is stated in this video?

This is rather serious. According to Snopes this has been building since 2006. Looks like I have some phone calls to make and some digging to do.

Comments 
17th-Jun-2008 02:49 pm (UTC) - Been thinking
If the big broadband providers go to this "subscription" model, then that leaves everyone going back to the smaller dialup ISPs that are not in on the deal.

Freedom versus bandwidth.

If all providers change over at the same time then this could get into antitrust issues. However, I am not so sure how much the Sherman Act (a law from 1890) applies to the internet.

If ALL, or even most, of the providers make this change then there is, technically, no monopolization since all consumers still have internet providers. It is just the billing method that has changed.

The other issue is that the big sites could restrict which IP address ranges are allowed to access their site. Hypothetically speaking, Lycos could charge a license fee to Cox, Comcast, and Sprint to allow their customers access. Sites that have not paid the fee to Lycos could either be blocked completely or greatly restricted on features available.

Small corporations that require VPN access for employees would get screwed.

Hotels, and restaurants (ie Starbucks, McDonalds, etc) would either no longer offer free WiFi or have to subsidize it through higher prices.
17th-Jun-2008 03:55 pm (UTC) - Re: Been thinking
What do you mean small Corporations?!? My company is pretty darn huge and prolly 40% of the work force works from home/remote offices. They would be seriously screwed if VPN access was restricted. Worse case, they would loose millions trying to pay for the "upgraded services" for their employees. If this gets close to passing, I see a lot of the big techy companies rising up against this one. There is a huge push right now to work remotely and save on not only gas for employees, but office space and utilities for companies. This would kill those companies... even the big ones. The small ones wouldn't last a year after this passes.
17th-Jun-2008 04:41 pm (UTC) - Re: Been thinking
Large corporations have the option of becoming their own ISP or being able to afford the access.

Small businesses do not.

Nor will small businesses be found on the net. Consumers would incur additional costs to go to some small specialty business. That could be a deal breaker for them.

Edited at 2008-06-17 04:41 pm (UTC)
17th-Jun-2008 04:48 pm (UTC) - Re: Been thinking
Big comps could become their own ISPs, but the costs will be outrageous. And since pretty much all comps use an ISP of some nature already, they will be paying more for the access they need, plus then having to pay for the equipment to allow remote users to "dial-in" add into that the additional bodies you know need for maintaining all this. Yes, they could afford it, but the cost will be so high that even larger companies will run a risk of going under just to provide the access they need. Small companies would be screwed. Heh... think of how rising oil prices is driving everything else up, like food and airfare. Same thing applies to large companies that are now shelling out millions to provide their work force with the tools they need. They will start charging more. Inflation hitting us from all sides.
Yeah... no matter what this is a bad idea.
17th-Jun-2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I ran across this and a few looped references yesterday or the day before - but not really any amount of info outside of that vera small loop... I looked at it and said -Huh. Not enough info to validate.

If you manage to get enough cross ref to say ya real - I'd love to know.
17th-Jun-2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Exactly my point.

I need to do more digging and possibly make calls.

This could be just a grand wacko conspiracy theory (it is not helped that Alex Jones has taken up arms on this topic).

But... it may just be. That is why I am requesting all readers to post what they know independent of what they found of the self-referencing "very small loop".
17th-Jun-2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
The sad part is that even lacking any information this time, this type of thing has hit congress many times in the past 10 years in one form or another. Companies trying to charge everything they can no matter how stupid it really is. People trying to get their piece of the pie even after the pie is already cut up and no more slices are left.
20th-Jun-2008 11:52 am (UTC)
Most will fold due to a lack of traffic.

All right, then at least porn will still be available. :)
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