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Tuesday, April 06, 2010


I will clearly never make my fortune on the internet, but this can't be good news.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.



  • This is very bad news. It means that Time Warner Cable could prevent me from using Vonage for my phone service, unless Vonage pays them a fee. Or that they could prevent me from VPN-ing into work unless Motorola pays them a fee.

    It's all about control. The ISPs want to control, and profit off of, every damned thing that you do on the Internet. And they don't want competition to the content that they decide to provide to you.

    What I want is a big, fast, pipe to the Internet with no restrictions. Let me decide what services I use. Let me decide which applications I run.

    Note, however, that I don't have a problem with the ISPs setting reasonable data caps and offerring premium plans for those who wish to use a larger amount of bandwidth.

    By Blogger Steve Graff, at 9:41 AM  

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