Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Apr 2011 22:48 UTC
Internet & Networking Well, this is a pleasant surprise. This weekend, we ran a story about the carrier situation in the The Netherlands. The largest carrier in The Netherlands has announced it's going to charge for services like IM and Skype, while the other two carriers were thinking about following suit. I stated I expected little from our politicians - but boy, turns out I was wrong. Basically the entire lower house - left to right, progressive to conservative - is not happy with the carriers' moves, and are now exploring options to prohibit them from implementing their plans - including the option to embed net neutrality in our telecommunications act. Go go... Politicians?!
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With apologies to Martin Niemöller
by Stratoukos on Thu 28th Apr 2011 00:07 UTC
Stratoukos
Member since:
2009-02-11

First they came for BitTorrent,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a pirate.

Then they came for my privacy,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't an outlaw.

Then they came for YouTube,
and the freaking cabinet went mental.

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

First they came for BitTorrent,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a pirate.

Then they came for my privacy,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't an outlaw.

Then they came for YouTube,
and the freaking cabinet went mental.


Yup

And when the ISP's come up with a way of charging for it indirectly the politicians - like many who frequent this lair - will have nothing to say about it.

It seems that if you're up front about your charges you're evil but if you hide them behind all sorts of propaganda and trickery you're all shiny and good. Is it any wonder governments themselves resort to indirect taxes?

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