A scary take on Net Neutrality - or the quality of US politicians

Net Neutrality has become been a big issue in the US, where the network operators want to charge Internet content providers for enhanced IP services, while Net neutrality proponents say regulations are needed to prevent abuse by the Net's gatekeepers.

Think of it as tiered access, where organisations would pay for priority access to the network. Companies such as Google, eBay, Apple and Microsoft want to keep the status quo, and are lobbying for it to be enshrined in law, while Verizon, AT&T, Comcast are arguing for the right to charge - one of them said weeks ago that "Google was getting a free ride" at their expense.

The battle is also shaking down along party political lines, with the Republicans supporting the telcos and Democrats on the other side. I can't help thinking, though, that the telcos could have chosen a better champion in the Senate. After the recent demise of the first pro-neutrality amendment as part of the ongoing review of US telecommunications law, Republican Senator for Alaska, Ted Stevens, gave his reasons for voting against the bill as well as displaying his obviously comprehensive grasp of the technicalities of the Web, "It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."

The audio is here.

Posted by melvin | Jul 7, 2006 @ 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

 

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