Thursday, February 02, 2006

Nyet neutrality

The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online. Jeff Chester, The End of the Internet?

White Papers. More here and here and here.

<-- This is truly a hideous image.

Think I'll contemplate Pirillo's butt some more:


Blogger Chuck Pinatubo said...

They would make it too difficult for most people to use. Proprietary networks would fall out with each other, play stupid little games, attempt to pass on the losses of parent companies or other divisions and cut off access to large chunks of the web as a bargaining tactic. If they succeed in doing this, I probably won't bother with the web anymore.

2/02/2006 6:27 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

It makes one think about artificial scarcity. If fiber ran to the house, we'd all have so much bandwidth meaningful tiering wouldn't be an issue.

But like a friend said, if it came to the sorry pass of proprietary networks, free (or cheap) public wifi'd sprout up everywhere.

2/02/2006 8:22 PM  

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