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Old 10-17-2006, 04:25 PM   #1
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Internet Tolls and Second Class Netizens?

Hi all, this question might be too general for Linux Questions, and if so I apologize in advance.

Last year BBC News website ran a story saying that Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the InterNet) was worried about intense lobbying efforts by American telecommunication companies to give priority on internet trunk lines to traffic sent by high paying "priority customers", and letting packets sent by poor folk die in transit. He said he didn't THINK this would happen but was horrified (as am I) by the fact that powerful interests have been throwing their weight around in an effort to make a huge change which would have a drastic effect on many home users (and probably also on many universities, nonprofit web servers, local public library catalogs, etc.). Does anyone have any followup information?
Old 10-17-2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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Far too general for Linux-General, which is for posting general technical questions that don't fit the other forums. However, it is just general enough for the General forum.

Which is where this thread now resides.
Old 10-18-2006, 02:59 PM   #3
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Unfortunately the " Net Neutrality " issue is rolling right along in the U.S.A. When the monied interests line up their " in pocket " government officials John Q. User will be getting shafted again.
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It's a total load of crap if you ask me. Simple case of double billing customers/content providers. Telecommunication companies are getting far too greedy. Didn't the government subsidize all the cable they're using anyway?

Same old story, take something cool built from the sweat of people who want to share it with the world, let big-business get their hands on it, and see how long it takes them to totally ruin it for everyone because of their greed.
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I certainly agree that once again the average citizen is about to be (fill in the verb here).


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