Friday, September 07, 2007

Is That Your Hand In My Pocket?

Yesterday we heard from our own news sources about a recent release from the US Justice Department about allowing fees for priority routing of internet traffic. Today, courtesy of the BBC, we see a simple restatement.
The US Justice Department has said that internet service providers should be allowed to charge for priority traffic.

The agency said it was opposed to "network neutrality", the idea that all data on the net is treated equally.
-- BBC News
Why can't our news ever spell anything out this simply?

What’s next? An Uber-Elite Network that’s much faster than the current one…oh wait, we already have I2…
Well how about a private network that you have to pay for higher bandwidth…oh wait, all the major carriers already do that…

Hmm…something is fishy about this, I just can’t quite put my finger on it.

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