Net Neutrality Shot Down in the US
April 27, 2006 9:16 PM
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Tiered networks seriously harm Internet development say Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others
Net neutrality has become a great deal of concern, for Internet back-bone telcos, ISPs, and users alike. The idea is that network providers should be neutral with their services -- the wires should not care what data is being transmitted. It has been argued that maintaining network neutrality will enable innovations and new ideas to take place, fostering growth and development.
Many companies, including Google and Microsoft, support net neutrality. In some countries, such as the Japan, UK, South Korea and many others, laws are in place to protect net neutrality. In the US however, some large telcos, organizations and government bodies are opposing net neutrality. Cisco for example, benefits from tiered networks and the problem of network discrimination and strongly opposes network neutrality. The Bell family of telcos argues that they should be able to regulate what data traverses their networks and ultimately the Internet, and different prices should be in place for different types of network requirements.
This week, the House Committee rejected a bill called the Markey Amendment (named after Democratic representative Edward Markey) to maintain network neutrality, allowing large telcos to charge extra for bandwidth usage or date types. Many telcos are looking to create a tiered network, one that has slow bandwidth and one that has high bandwidth for such things as video. Unfortunately, many companies are now afraid that this will allow telcos to restrict the low bandwidth tier to a point where development is so restricted, companies will have no choice but to pay up to move to a different tier.
According to the Markey Amendment,
network neutrality is designed to prevent telcos "not to block, impair, degrade, discriminate against, or interfere with the ability of any person to use a broadband connection to access, use, send, receive, or offer lawful content, applications, or services over the Internet."
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4/28/2006 12:43:51 PM
I actually think this is all about the local telcos coming up with a way to kill of outside VOIP services, thereby ensuring their local customers have to use any VOIP service they themselves provide.
i honestly dont think they give one rats booty about that video you might stream down from cnn or such.
VOIP is going to decimate their hold over the local telco fees they now get from everyone.
VOIP providers will then be forced to pay a premium so that their traffic is not lagged, thereby meaing crappy call quality. they will make that premium just enough to make sure that the VOIP providers will have to raise their rates above what the local telco will be able to provide, ensuring most people stay with the local telco for phone service.
the amount of money the local telco makes from data services is a pitance compared to what they make from you calling grandma and such...
VOIP is the only real "streaming" media that needs a solid connection for it to work properly. You can always download a video to watch it, and most streaming vids always have a good buffer going to allow for lag time and such nowadays anyways. but you CANT buffer or have lag on VOIP.
thats my reasoning to what they are doing.
4/28/2006 1:43:45 PM
Bingo! This is actually the crux of the matter. If you haven't noticed, VOIP is gaining strength because it is a cheaper alternative to a dedicated analog land line. This is anti-capitalism at its best. Legistate the new, superior competition to death with the massive profits made by a previous monopoly. What every happened to the monopoly busting and competition friendly laws of the 20th century?
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