Comcast_Is_Starting_The_Tiered_Internet_Whether_We_Like_It_or_Not

Doran L. Barton fozz at iodynamics.com
Tue Aug 21 11:48:58 MDT 2007


Not long ago, Clint Savage proclaimed...
> I see where this is going, we're going to debate whether changing
> their TOS is appropriate.  I don't think that's the issue here though.
>  The real issue is:
> 
> If Comcast can block one particular protocol from being sent across
> their wires, what's to stop them (or another major/minor ISP) from
> doing it to other protocols/traffic.  Since when is it illegal to use
> bittorrent?  Since when does an ISP have the right to say what types
> of traffic I can send?  Since when should I bow down to them and take
> it?

I agree with you Clint. They have ever right to throttle your
connection, generally-speaking. But it's a concerning precedent when your
ISP decides they determine what services you can and can not connect to.

Let's say they want you to use Comcast digital phone service. Maybe they
start blocking VOIP traffic. Seems like a natural move and not at all
unlike Comcast to do.

-=Fozz

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