Net Neutrality

tonybrown69

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Are they having a laugh??

Hope the UK dont take the same stance.

h**p://www.google.it/help/netneutrality_letter.html



A Note to Google Users on Net Neutrality:

The Internet as we know it is facing a serious threat. There's a debate heating up in Washington, DC on something called "net neutrality" – and it's a debate that's so important Google is asking you to get involved. We're asking you to take action to protect Internet freedom.

In the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill, and one that may come up for a key vote in the Senate in the next few weeks, would give the big phone and cable companies the power to pick and choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet.

Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all Internet access, want the power to choose who gets access to high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build a two-tiered system and block the on-ramps for those who can't pay.

Creativity, innovation and a free and open marketplace are all at stake in this fight. Please call your representative (202-224-3121) and let your voice be heard.

Thanks for your time, your concern and your support.

Eric Schmidt
 

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Doesn't the US army own the infrastructure which the internet is built around on? If so I think they are with in their rights to act in a totalitarian way as it is their toy.

This should act as a word of warning of the potential censorship issues we could be facing regarding the flow of information through digital means.
 

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I didn't think anyone owned the infrastructure and in fact the net was just a series of Nodes that are interconnected around the world, the only part of which that is organised is the domain system.
I thought all this was just a case of the ISP wanting to block access to certain content (which I'm sure they are already able to do anyway).

The internet does need censoring (to a point), i'm unhappy that my 10 year old nephew could quite easily go online and see images of rape, beheadings and porn.
 

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I thought all this was just a case of the ISP wanting to block access to certain content (which I'm sure they are already able to do anyway).

They want to block things that use large amounts of bandwidth where the information providers dont pay a premium for that bandwidth. Examples would be streaming-media sites, for instance the BBC. In that case unless the BBC were to pay a premium to the ISP's then their media services would only be carried at a restricted speed etc......

The internet does need censoring (to a point), i'm unhappy that my 10 year old nephew could quite easily go online and see images of rape, beheadings and porn.

As I imply above, its not about censoreship - its about bandwidth usage and shared costs. Unfortunately, the only sure way to censor the internet for minors is to make sure they never use it unsupervised.
 

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Doesn't the US army own the infrastructure which the internet is built around on? If so I think they are with in their rights to act in a totalitarian way as it is their toy.

This should act as a word of warning of the potential censorship issues we could be facing regarding the flow of information through digital means.

was that not the arpanet?
 
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