Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 3:38am
TIERING, IT'S NOT JUST TELCO'S ANYMORE
[SOURCE: Tales from the Sausage Factory, AUTHOR: Harold Feld]
[Commentary] New Internet registry contracts will now allow price-tiering for names. As Milton Mueller at ICANNWatch observes, this raises similar worries as tiered Internet access. This is why Sascha Meinrath's & Victor Pickard's new paper on redefining net neutrality is important. Meinrath and Pickard make the very good point that the openness of the Internet rests on more than just residential access providers. Those concerned with the current fight to maintain net neutrality -- as narrowly defined as preventing the last-mile access provider from defining the Internet experience -- should be aware of the need to protect other potential bottlenecks from emerging. What I love most about reality, is how it will always turn around and bite you in the rear end if you decide to ignore it. Reality soooo does not care that you chose to be ignorant of things like economics and political science, any more than it cares when idiots in poli-sci decide they can dictate technology and try to make idiotic rules about blocking net gambling or blocking indecency or outlawing peer-2-peer. Reality doesn't care. It just is.
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