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“Maybe you like Google Maps. Well, tough,” Mr. Franken said on Saturday on the Senate floor. “If the F.C.C. passes this weak rule, Verizon will be able to cut off access to the Google Maps app on your phone and force you to use their own mapping program, Verizon Navigator, even if it is not as good. And even if they charge money, when Google Maps is free.”
[edited by: lawman at 11:48 pm (utc) on Dec 22, 2010]
Providers who restrict access will be dropped in favor of providers that don't
This morning, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will vote on a Net Neutrality "Order", constructing rules for the Internet that many are still not sure it has the right to enforce. The commission is ostensibly designing this plan to protect consumers, however many are describing it as meddling (or worse) by a Big Brother-like entity. Even those who support it appear to be doing so almost unwillingly.
The rules will give government, for the first time, a substantive role in how the Internet will be operated and managed, how broadband services will be priced and structured, and potentially how broadband networks will be financed. By replacing market forces and technological solutions with bureaucratic oversight, we may see an Internet future not quite as bright as we need, with less investment, less innovation and more congestion.
It's not the government's place to tell Internet providers how to run their businesses.
Higher costs - too damn right, if you want bandwidth you should pay for it not expect somebody else to pick up the tab.
Allot and Openet use multiple methods to figure out what you’re looking at including “methods like heuristic analysis, behavioral and historical analysis, deep packet inspection, and a number of other techniques.”
Sure... but should 2mb of data from Youtube cost more than 2mb from Hulu?
They also would let broadband providers for the first time charge more to companies that want faster service for delivery of games, videos or other services.
You won't be paying it, youtube or hulu will,
I've never understood why mainstream ISP's and mobile co's do not charge per GB at a reasonable rate rather than offering an attractive bulk allocation of bandwidth.