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Luke Skywalker
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Icon 1 posted November 16, 2007 07:54      Profile for Luke Skywalker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20071115/tc_infoworld/93445;_ylt=AmRcLy8qGsqh5p6jZv85.ykjtBAF

Video content provider is suing the FCC to get ISPs (eg Comcast) to stop p2p blocking/slowing.

With that, and the 2 big lawsuits against Comcast already, I have a feeling we will have a definate ruling by the FCC on Net Neutrality.

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Colonel Panic
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Well,

It is Comcast.

A six year trial would still be shorter than being on hold with their support team.

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quote:
Originally posted by Luke Skywalker:
With that, and the 2 big lawsuits against Comcast already, I have a feeling we will have a definate ruling by the FCC on Net Neutrality.

Not likely with Kevin Martin as the FCC chair. He's a fundamentalist conservative who want's more FCC control over content. He's likely to favor greater ISP control of content so that it's easier for the FCC to strongarm companies (like Comcast) to oblige "decency" standards.
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The argument over content control is, I think, a difficult one. Let's face it -- it will be implemented by someone (the FCC, Congress, the Salvation Army... I dunno). It's more of a question of how you do it. It is worthwhile, I believe, to investigate the idea of protecing youngsters from the darker corners of the internet, but as da yoof tend to be more tech-savvy than their parents and/or guardians, this presents immense difficulties if you wish to impose a "do it at home" system. The obvious path is to pursue it at source -- but this raises the question of what constitutes a desirable resource, and what should not see the light of day.

The only reasonable solution I can think of is some kind of opt-in scheme, whereby some independent agency constructs no-go lists, and each ISP customer can select which criteria best suits them. I suppose ISPs can always set some default level (whichever they choose), and allow their customers to change it at will.

Of course, as government will involve themselves in the matter, it's a doubt that reason will find its way into whatever pending legislation there is.

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