[Linux4christians] LXer Supporting Net Neutrality
parrisdc at gmail.com
Fri Jun 2 13:54:05 EDT 2006
On 6/2/06, Matthew Lewis <matthewhse at gmail.com> wrote:
> Not to start a flame war, but I'd have to say I do not support "Net
> Neutrality." If the telecable companies have the ability to charge for
> premium service, in my opinion they have the right to do so. Although I
> wouldn't like the consequences of this, I believe it is a matter of
> principle and therefore I can't oppose it.
> It's the same principle as software companies (or even open-source groups)
> charging extra for premium technical support. Surely nobody here would say
> that's wrong, so just why is it wrong for a telecable company to charge more
> for better service?
> Now I'm sure I've just let myself in for 40 people to tell me how and why
> I'm wrong... ;-)
> My guess is that you are not aware that HR525, as it stands, offers no
protection against monopoly abuse? This is the real danger. Consider that
your ISP could block traffic or e-mail referring to your church's site,
because the church uses a different ISP. I linked in my article to a list
of already known monopolistic abuses. It's a free country, but I'm afraid
the bill needs to be amended (using HR5417) in order to guarantee free
access. So in the end, you may only be as free as you can afford to be.
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