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Thursday, March 23, 2006

your FCC is working for you

Stuff like this is why AT&T was broken up 20 years ago...

from Slashdot:

FCC Backs a Tiered Internet

Going to be extorted writes ""FCC Chief Kevin Martin yesterday gave his support to AT&T and other telcos who want to be able to limit bandwidth to sites like Google, unless those sites pay extortion fees. Martin made it clear in a speech yesterday that he supports such a a "tiered" Internet." Could this be the end of internet innovation?"

1 comment:

  1. I think there's been quite a bit of confusion around this and the gentleman who posted this on slashdot took a few creative liberties. Mr. Martin is favor of a tiered internet for ISP - folks who cosumers and producers actually connect to. In other words - I pay more to get a 6Mbit pipe than I do for a 1Mbit pipe. Nothing new there.

    He also stated in his speech that network neutrality is a priority for the FCC and that failure to stay neutral would cause the FCC to "take action."

    I'm certainly not for the Tiered internet from AT&T's perspective, but the FCC's perspective is more in line. The more I pay as a consumer - the faster the connection. Done. But the middle guys shouldn't make judgement calls on who gets through faster.