Originally Posted by Melcar
I really don't see where everyone gets the idea of illegal content censoring and/or favouritism. Content providers will be required to pay whatever fee is established for a certain service. Said services will still be affordable since we are in an open market (ISPs want to make money anyways). If favouritism does occur, content providers can make use of the fabulous American legal system.
And as for the "little man"... why would ISPs hike up their prices so as to not allow their costumers affordable access? The fear of competition always keeps the big guys in check.
Dude, the reason why ISP are lobbying for a tiered 'Internets' is so that they can expedite service to those companies who decide to pay for priority access for their customers - ie. favoritism.
The whole concept is marked by $$$. Right now every member of the 'internets' enjoy a level playing field. A tiered system will considerably disrupt access to content. What "little man" will be able to afford these legal fees, then again why should they have to? The way you're explaining it, it sounds like we'll be double charged - for content and service!?!
Now, imagine that a Government Administration decides to conduct an illegal war in a far off country for the sake of securing energy resources to fuel it's unstable economy, however an unregulated source of information pertaining to said conflict would potentially have a damaging effect on morale and domestic support for said war. The Administration, being responsible will not stand by idly and allow this content to disrupt their strategy, any and all tools available that conform to their percieved level of censorship is fair game...Ya, you guessed it, I'm taking a cue from present day where news media had to catch up with what was being brodcast on the internet, finally providing some semblence of parity in war coverage, now imagine if we didn't have that counter balance like we do now.
Look at it this way, the 'internets' as it is now, provides us with an alternative that is free from 'manufactured consent' (Noam Chomsky). The government isn't trying impose regulation, it's trying to prevent corporate monopolistic domination tactics.