Friday, June 09, 2006

Prediction: Net Neutrality Will Be Defeated

Barring a miracle, the Internet Service Providers (ISP) have won the right to control the speed of your internet traffic. Today all traffic on the internet is treated the same. Soon certain sites will load faster than others and it all depends on who your ISP favors. In other words, if you want your site or service to work properly, you will have to pay off the ISPs. This will be disastrous for bloggers, small businesses, consumers, political groups, online purchasers, IPOD listeners, tele-commuters, innovators, and search engine users just to name a few. Here are some examples of the type of things the ISPs have done in the past to give you an idea of where we are headed:
  • In 2004, North Carolina ISP Madison River blocked their DSL customers from using any rival Web-based phone service.
  • In 2005, Canada's telephone giant Telus blocked customers from visiting a Web site sympathetic to the Telecommunications Workers Union during a contentious labor dispute.
  • Shaw, a major Canadian cable, internet, and telephone service company, intentionally downgrades the "quality and reliability" of competing Internet-phone services that their customers might choose -- driving customers to their own phone services not through better services, but by rigging the marketplace.
  • In April, Time Warner's AOL blocked all emails that mentioned www.dearaol.com -- an advocacy campaign opposing the company's pay-to-send e-mail scheme.
Save the Net Now

Click above. There is still time to influence the Senate. The House has already sold us out.

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