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Old 27-04-2006, 20:00:41   #1
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I take it this is bad news?

http://www.tpmcafe.com/node/29086

Hmm, Bill of Rights to be divorced from internet use.
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Old 27-04-2006, 20:35:37   #2
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Bill of Rights is still in force over the internet.

There was a "Internet Bill of Rights" movement that has been branded about. That has have various things attributed to it, like universal access for all, universal protection from hateful/harmful material (ie, web nanny for all access, no bad sites), even treatment of all data (no giving preferential treatment to data/customers on your own system), total filtering of all material to make sure no unlicensed copyprotected material is unlawfully transmitted (starting to see a trend here?), blah blah blah.

There's a lot of screaming at the moment that if the government doesn't step in, then the big boys can give preferential treatment to themselves and those that pay to be treated well, and slow to no access to anyone else. A lot of noise about how some ISPs equipment was built using tax payer money (ignoring the majority who didn't), blah blah blah.

I don't have a problem with government providers (ie, the city of San Fransico) giving the same treatment to all. But for companies that paid out of their own pocket to build their own infrastructure, they should be able to do what they want with their own equipment.

The old AT&T, who as a government supported monopoly, were payed tax payer money to expand their network, that is a bit different.

The problem that is all the movements and proposals to have the government monitor the net to make sure that AT&T doesn't charge everyone for getting the same priority as it's own subscribing services also include riders for the government to monitor the actual datastreams to stop or report on various "naughty" activity. Whether it's the excuse of hunting for terrorists or just stopping porn that offends the local sensibilities of the muslims or mormons. While getting to charge a tax on ever bit... what, didn't I mention that the government wants to attach a tax for the amount of data originated, recieved, and echoed? Whoops, sorry about forgetting to mention that.

The danger isn't that your access will be extorted. It's that the government will patrol every bit going across the net and actively stop or prosecute for items it doesn't like.

But hey, the hysterical "Save the Internet"ers don't care. So long as the government makes sure that their data access costs only go up at a steady, taxed rate, and that the taxed money is used to monitor, stop, and punish the behavior of everyone one the net evenly...
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