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Internet Neutrality = Internet freedom

October 25th, 2009 No comments

Internet Service Providers have total control of what runs through their networks even to the point of slowing down certain sites. This has become a popular practice when the site accessed competes with ISP’s core business, like phone and cable TV. For example Verizon’s slowing down access to Skype servers or Comcast slowing down video streaming pages such as Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Boxee, or MLB.TV

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently decided to stop it with a “network neutrality” regulation, being written as you read and expected to be passed by summer 2010.

This is not the first time the FCC gets involved. Last year it ordered Comcast to stop blocking BitTorrent users, an on-line file sharing service. As expected, Comcast is appealing such decision arguing that the federal agency have no authority to dictate what they “discriminate” on their networks. Apparently Comcast believes they do have the authority to impose what we – the users – can access on the Internet.

I strongly believe that internet should be free for you to use it as you please, specially now when devices such as Roku, Apple TV will provide more online content –probably better than cable – streamed directly to your TV.
What do you think?