Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Sep 2009 19:16 UTC
Internet & Networking Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, today laid out plans to enforce net neutrality upon the internet. While the FCC is a US-only entity, fact of the matter is that "control" over the internet lies within the US, so whatever the FCC decides, it will affect the rest of the world.
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RE[3]: Excellent news.
by richmassena on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 01:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent news."
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I think it is you that need to pay attention. Who says what content gets what bandwidth. Right now it is the ability to pay, and that certainly skews things in a certain, but predictable manner. If your ISP decides OSNEWS is a really low priority site, they can throttle it completely. What good is a globally-distributed network where the "man-in-the-middle" can decide what sites you can reach and at what speeds.

The ISPs and Telecoms will swear until they're blue in the face that this isn't the intent of their plans, that it's only to squeeze more money from already paying customers, but it's not. This is about control of the Internet. This is about putting the cat back in the bag.

Edit: their->they're

Edited 2009-09-22 01:38 UTC

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