The Internet has always been a model of freedom. Today the Web is flourishing because anyone can click to any site or download any service they want on an open network. But now the phone and cable companies that operate broadband networks have a different vision. If they get their way, today's Information Highway could be laden with tollgates, express lanes, and traffic tie-ups -- all designed to make money for the network companies.
Both the link to the original article (which you should read) and the anonymous response are below.
Here is Anonymous’ savvy retort. For the record I agree with him/her.
Regulations schmegulations. I will get my law degree and start filing
class action suits on behalf of everyone with an Internet connection for
each bit of spam that crosses our pipes the minute we have to pay for
each individual bit.
Also, Verizon can kiss my arse. I use their cell phone service but I
hate that company. They suck. Had DSL with them - they like to block
ports and load software on my computer. F U. Get off of my computer and
face the fact that TCP/IP works fine without your stupid apps on top of
Comcast sucks too but they feed bits to me quickly and don't filter like
Unfortunately we will never have a truly free market for broadband
services as long as it is too difficult for most municipalities to offer
more than one provider at a time. Basically each community negotiates
with cable companies and signs an exclusive multi-year contract and we
are all stuck with Comcast or Adelphia or Time Warner or Cox for 1 to 3
years. Basically a monopoly...
It's time that the world faces a few facts. The US owns the Internet
(for now) and the phone companies are going away. The Internet will
replace the PSTN. Everything will be bits and packets. Everyone will
want to charge and tax for the transmissions of various communications.
The FCC is going to want to keep getting paid even though the phone
calls are going across the Internet so they'll try to get a toll/tax
system imposed on certain kinds of Internet traffic. Idiots. They should
stick to worrying about who can transmit on what radio frequencies and
Filter certain kinds of traffic or metering it is stupid because it's
easy to encapsulate one type of protocol in another to hide it. This
leads to inefficiency and is stupid. Radar detectors detect radar. Face
it. Don't bother creating different kinds of radar it's a waste of time.
I expect that all phones will eventually be IP based and will work via
WIFI (whatever flavor is cool) and the cell phone protocols will just be
used when an access point is not available for transporting IP
wirelessly. Think Skype or Yahoo VoIP running on a small computer that
looks like a phone. You pay for generic IP transport through a
microwave/cell service and whatever IP traffic you want to pass across
that connection is fine i.e. HTTP, VoIP etc...
The US government will have to share control of the Internet eventually.
For now it's best to keep control because the rest of the world is
crazier than we are and they'll F it up. Plus, we invented it so go
screw for a little while. Even the playing field with Asian trade
Edited by PFDurand35, 22 December 2005 - 06:24 AM.