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so i'm contemplating switching away from comcast as my internet provider as a personal protest against their recent out of the blue new policies that threaten net neutrality.

[brief video of net neutrality explained by The Flashbulb]

[Blog Entry of a recently affected user to comcast's new policies]

for those that want the brief, the recent policy targets those who use bittorrent. The new policy allows Comcast in the US to block users from seeding any sort of bittorrent (legal or illegal).


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Aug. 26th, 2007 10:45 am (UTC)
I think it's kind of important to note that blocking/throttling bittorrent traffic is *not* a net neutrality issue.

The distinction is kind of subtle, but it's present. Net neutrality has to do with not preferring traffic from one vendor over that of another. Search engines, online stores, video hosting sites, etc.

Blocking or throttling one widely-used protocol is another issue. It's not favoring one vendor over another, directly. However, if the newly for-profit bittorent.com were to arrange deals with providers which gave unthrottled access to their torrents, but no/limited access to anyone else's torrents, that would be a net neutrality issue.

The difference is really subtle, especially when it's an issue of blocking a protocol used only by one service.. Say something like blocking Skype's peer-to-peer network, because some other VoIP provider is being pushed instead. But at the moment, there are still relatively clear boundries.
Aug. 26th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
subtle indeed, but i get it. thanks for the clarify.
Aug. 26th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Inter-company deals resulting in "preferred providers/services" is what is raping while strangling the health care system in this country.

I would hate to see the same thing happen to the internet. I do not want to tell my children someday that "in my day, the net was an uninhibited exchange of ideas, nothing like this censored, costly, bullshit they devised in the 00's"

Either way, thank you. I logged in from a coffee shop just now to research internet possibilities for my new place, and comcast ain't looking so hot anyway. I just don't know how I'm going to explain why we should get something else to my roommate because I suspect he just wants it for myspace -_-
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