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Holy Net Neutrality Debate Batman

Friday, March 28, 2008 9:41 pm Leave a comment Go to comments

Traffic shaping? What? I guess that’s what’s been happening to my P2P activity in recent weeks.

Network Throttling

Bell Canada holds back bandwidth

Oh No They Couldn’t Have

Here’s someone who says, “What the hell are doing anyway with P2P? It’s bad netiquette. Don’t you know that?”

I am a strong believer in net neutrality. Google explains it like this: “Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days. Indeed, it is this neutrality that has allowed many companies, including Google, to launch, grow, and innovate. Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. In our view, the broadband carriers should not be permitted to use their market power to discriminate against competing applications or content. Just as telephone companies are not permitted to tell consumers who they can call or what they can say, broadband carriers should not be allowed to use their market power to control activity online. Today, the neutrality of the Internet is at stake as the broadband carriers want Congress’s permission to determine what content gets to you first and fastest. Put simply, this would fundamentally alter the openness of the Internet.”

If you really want your eyes to glaze over look at the Wikipedia entry on it. But as a netizen, you must educate yourself.

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