Friday, September 07, 2007


From BBC News via techmeme:
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.

The comments put the agency at odds with companies such as Microsoft and Google, who have called for legislation to guarantee equal access to the net.

The agency submitted its comments to the Federal Communications Commission, which is investigating net access.

Several US internet service providers (ISPs), including AT&T and Verizon, have previously said that they want to charge some users more money for certain content.

How shocked I am that the US government is deciding to join the ranks of the huge corporate service providers who stand to make oodles of cash if net neutrality is defeated, as opposed to supporting what most people want. Of course this is also the same department that allowed a man to consistently lie under oath regularly to Congress.

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