posted on May, 29 2006 @ 12:53 AM
ISP's would be able and in their right to limit access to certain sites to be low bandwith unless the site owner pays them $$ to get people to access
this site as its supposed to be seen.
That way ISP's can for instance limit the speed to access Google to 1KB/s or make it so that only 1000 people at at time, on their network, can
access google, in turn forcing google to pay them big $$ so that the people that want to surf to their site can do so the way its provided by
For download providers and videocontent providers, this is a really big disadvantage.
They are already paying huge bandwidth costs to host their sites and then, the same telco company's would force them to pay their bandwidth 2ce, once
for hosting and once for clients.
Also can this be exploited in a way that clients would have to pay subscriptions to their telco's to gain unrestricted access to sites that these
telco's don't even own. So, this would be money taken by the telco's at the expence of the websites in question, while these websites don't see a
red cent of the cash..
Another impact of this would be that it'll be at the telco's discression to allow or disallow their clients access to parts of the net, pritty much
totaly raping the whole idea around the web.
If telco's want to make extra money of the web, they should start services and website that add content to their services, instead of trying to make
even more money of the backs of websites that often are run non-profit.
The entire idea behind this comes from they way AOL has been providing internet access since the day it started.
Telco's don't seem to know that the limiting, blocking, throtling and other types of raping webcontent is exactly what has put AOL in the number 1
spot of Worst Tech Products EVER listings for over a decade.
Alot of people say that AOL can't be as bad as people say, because they have many clients.
The only reason for that is because AOL and ISP's like it prey on people that have no clue about how things should be and have massive marketing
departments backing them.
AOL gained most of its clients by sending a "trial" CD to nearly every family in the US and Europe every month for several years. Like this
representing the first steppinstone for many people to the Internet.
AOL which has always practiced the things that this legislation is trying to legalize has also been convicted in many class action lawsuits for
cheating their customers.
A legislation like this is rather stuppid to begin with.
All it takes to give the Telco's that want to use these stoneage AOLish type marketing and subscription based ISPing broadly supported by this
legislation, a mercy blow to put them out of their money hungry missery, is a behamuth like Microsoft or Google to start a normal ISP that provides
the web as its normaly provided "Connection, Bandwith, Surf" no limits.