17 July, 2007

Net Neutrality is still an issue

As Time-Warner puts packet-shaping technology in place to throttle service, Senators Snowe and Dorgan are still fighting for the public's right for Net Neutrality. Wouldn't it be nice to have more Senators representing the public instead of the huge corporate contributors? -- oh, that's for different blog.

For all intents an purposes, Time-Warner's RoadRunner service just change their offering (June 6). Now, regardless of the bandwidth package you purchased, during busy times, they will slow down or throttle back certain traffic. So regardless of the service, instead of improving their infrastructure, Time-Warner will limit your bandwidth of certain tasks.
"...implemented for newsgroup applications, regardless of the provider, and all peer-to-peer networks and certain other high bandwidth applications not necessarily limited to audio, video, and voice over IP telephony."
I think it's high-time that the government steps-in to at least regulate that the service offered and sold matches the service delivered. They also need to make sure customers have some choices.

On the final day of the FCC's inquiry on net neutrality, Senators Snowe and Dorgan sent a letter encouraging the FCC to do what's in the best public interest. The letter also points out how in the past 2 years, telcos and cable companies have made it clear that they want to control consumer access to content, therefore ensuring that their own services are better. A bit anti-competitive to say the least.

Read more about Senators Snowe's and Dorgan's letter on the Save the Internet Blog. While you are there, read some of the stories of small companies and individuals who have made a difference in their own lives because of the freedoms provided with Net Neutrality.

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