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PostSubject: FTC abandons Net Neutrality   Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:04 pm

FTC abandons net neutrality






End of the internet as we know it




Iain Thomson, vnunet.com 02 Jul 2007




The
Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) has decided to abandon net neutrality and allow
telecoms companies to charge websites for access.

The FTC said in a report that, despite popular support for net neutrality, it
was minded to let the market sort out the issue.

This means that the organisation will not stand in the way of companies using
differential pricing to make sure that some websites can be viewed more quickly
than others. The report also counsels against net neutrality legislation.

"This report recommends that policy makers proceed with caution in the
evolving dynamic industry of broadband internet access, which is generally
moving towards more, not less, competition," FTC chairman Deborah Platt Majoras
wrote.

"In the absence of significant market failure, or demonstrated consumer harm,
policy makers should be particularly hesitant to enact new regulation in this
area."

The report has caused outrage in the online community. Many are worried that
any abandonment of net neutrality will harm competition, since it will allow big
companies to outspend start-ups.

"Mostly the FTC suggests ways that the telephone and cable companies could
have new ways to make money from content and applications providers," said Art
Brodsky, of internet advocacy group
Public
Knowledge.

"Or lower-income subscribers could be charged lower prices, subsidised by
'prioritization revenues' much as supported email services now provide free
email accounts. Nowhere is there discussion of what the consumer gets out of the
deal."

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2193214/ftc-abandons-net-neutrality
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PostSubject: Re: FTC abandons Net Neutrality   Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:14 pm

I'm not sure I understand the deal. Sounds like big companies will have "bandwidth" when they need it, and small loser boards like this site and others will be dead links?

(if server stress is too high?)

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PostSubject: Re: FTC abandons Net Neutrality   Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:15 pm

That's the way I see it too, Dave. Not sure what it really means, except all that porn I check out may get a bit slower and the Microsoft website'll be pretty fast.

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PostSubject: Re: FTC abandons Net Neutrality   Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:20 pm

Damn Bill Gates. Sad

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