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2012: The Year The Internet Ends

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

Monday, June 2, 2008
11 years ago2,956 views

<< Every significant Internet provider around the globe is currently in talks with access and content providers to transform the internet into a television-like medium: no more freedom, you pay for a small commercial package of sites you can visit and you'll have to pay for seperate subscriptions for every site that's not in the package. >>

ipower.ning.com/netneutrality

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Scray, though you can't know for sure..

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Saw that on digg yesterday. Even if that's only 10% true, it's scary enough.

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

There is no such thing as Net Neutrality in the UK, and quite honestly, we don't have some sort of TV package system for the Internet.

This is a load of "What if". Net Neutrality is a freedom of extortion for businesses, consumers wont be effected as much.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

it sounds like you don't really know what network neutrality is....

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]DPic
From WP:
<<A neutral broadband network is one that is free of restrictions on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, on the modes of communication allowed, which does not restrict content, sites or platforms, and where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams.>>

There is no law in the UK which enforces Net Neutrality as far as I, or the CEO of Virgin Media, am aware of.

From boingboing.net/2008/04/13/virg ...
CEO of Virgin Media [...] has announced that he considers Net Neutrality to be "a load of bollocks" and he's promised to put any website or service that won't pay Virgin a premium to reach its customers into the "Internet bus lane."

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

<<we don't have some sort of TV package system for the Internet>>

although your quote from WP is nice, why would you say the above? Lack of net neutrality doesn't mean that you would immediately have this "TV package system" not that it will ever be just like TV, but that the internet will be more cable-like, ending the internet as we know it. The fact that there is no enforced network neutrality doesn't mean that there is no network neutrality, but that there is nothing stopping the ISP's from slowly carrying out their plan.

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