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Originally Posted by Kipman725voting shows that you aprove of the system. Not voting shows that you don't care. Both ways you lose.
War in Iraq: End it
Death Penalty:A few rare situations are appropriate
Copyrights: Need reform, keeping fair use rights is important
Domestic Spying: It MUST end
Originally Posted by specofdustpoliticians are meant to represent people, not companies.
Originally Posted by Captain Slug The lack of worthy or seemingly attractive candidates is still the fault of the average voter for not being more diligent in electing capable representatives who could later run for higher office.
What the net neutralists fail to appreciate, however, is that the internet is already far from a level playing field. Many large websites already pay for speedier delivery of data. Furthermore, many innovative, progressive things happen on the internet precisely because bits are not always treated equally. In some cases, net neutrality may not even be desirable.
Is it really any surprise to hear the CEO of SBC, Ed Whitacre, in an interview suggest that it's only a matter of time before they start going after any of the services that make the internet useful to try to make them pay up to remain reachable? When asked about companies like Google, Yahoo and Vonage, he says: "Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes? The Internet can't be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo! or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts!" In other words, he's talking about going well beyond blocking some ports like BellSouth, to actually blocking out websites and services unless they first pay SBC a fee. It certainly has the feel of extortion: pay up or no one on our network will be able to reach your website.
Originally Posted by specofdustLarge websites pay server costs in order to have larger quantities of bandwidth, but that's different from paying not to be crippled. It's a shame the new scientist has got the wrong end of the stick here, but given the general level of ignorance in the world, not surprising.
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