Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Aug 2010 20:55 UTC
Internet & Networking Well, this is interesting. As some rumours already suggested, Google and Verizon have released a joint proposal for a legislative framework regarding net neutrality. This being Google and all, some of you may expect this to be all flower-farting unicorns darting across rainbows, but sadly, that's not the case. This proposal? Well, it's not good.
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Nit-picking.
by Timmmm on Mon 9th Aug 2010 21:36 UTC
Timmmm
Member since:
2006-07-25

I think you are nit-picking. It looks generally good to me. I don't see why broadband providers shouldn't be allowed to use the connection to offer additional services to only their customers, as long as they don't *restrict* the ability of others to use that internet connection.

As for wireless, unlike in a wired environment, wireless bandwidth is a finite shared resource. That is definitely different from the wired internet, even if you can use it for the same things.

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RE: Nit-picking.
by DrillSgt on Mon 9th Aug 2010 22:31 in reply to "Nit-picking."
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

...I don't see why broadband providers shouldn't be allowed to use the connection to offer additional services to only their customers, as long as they don't *restrict* the ability of others to use that internet connection.


There is the issue right there. This is all about restricting "the ability of others to use that internet connection". Providers already offer additional services to only their customers, the difference being that now they can't restrict it, where with this proposal they could.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

What.. and my broadband provider's loop shared between my house and every other home in the area isn't a finite amount of bandwidth? What really needs to happen; providers need to upgrade there networks and come anywhere close to catching up to the rest of the world (CA and US are way behind now) and providers need to accept that they are dumb pipes. Give me my friggin bits at the rate promised regardless of what bits I may draw in. 50 bits of data is 50 bits regardless of if it's torrent/ssh/http/voip or services they get direct income from.

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Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

What.. and my broadband provider's loop shared between my house and every other home in the area isn't a finite amount of bandwidth?


No, because they can always add more cables. You can't magically add more bands to the EM spectrum.

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