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Net neutrality is the principle that all web traffic is treated as equal, no matter what alliances internet service providers have, but with the launch of Virgin Media’s super fast broadband service could they also be looking to tackle the sticky subject of net neutrality once and for all.

This is because at some point during next year they will be looking to revise their policies on broadband with the view to blocking torrent sites and other P2P outlets.

Virgin Media could even go as far as attempting to charge content providers to have their material delivered through the Virgin Media network. This takes on the way that cable and satellite broadcasters charge other channels to broadcast on their service.

The problem that Virgin Media will have is that customers signing up at £51 per month are not likely to want a restricted service.
http://www.techwatch.co.uk/2008/12/1...-virgin-media/



Woot! in the end the only websites that will be left are major media news websites, new kid-friendly wikipedia, and government websites.
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The end of my life as I know it

Seriously, I'll bet when I'm 80, instead of talking about walking to school in the snow uphill both ways with no shoes, I'll talk about how the internet used to be free and open.
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title should be "Virgin rapes the internet"
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Or "How to lose all of your internet customers in 10 days"
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"This is your local phone company, calling with a friendly reminder. If you place a call to anyone outside our network, you will be charged $20. Recurring calls may be charged more, and there is no set limit to the amount of the charge. Also, we will have an anonymous person, randomly picked for each call, who will monitor your calls. If the discussion moves into anything political, religious, or otherwise radical thought, we will terminate your service immediately. Have a nice day!"

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ISPs need to revise and set up a really good (and I mean really good) pricing structure if they want to forgo "net neutrality". Oversight would be good too, but it has to be someone else besides the gov. (FCC anyone?)
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Originally Posted by Limes View Post
Or "How to lose all of your internet customers in 10 days"
Very soon every other major ISP will follow, and odds are the new FCC regs will allow them to block smaller competitors from getting any larger.

Then internet 2.0 gets unveiled, which will bring greatly enhanced speeds and the ability for the NSA's search AIs to police the whole thing. Content(whatever deemed unacceptable) will be blocked on the fly before a human even sees it, and the ip logged for possible criminal prosecution. I use the word "prosecution" loosely, because by this point proving innocence will have replaced the current standard of proving guilt.

Wish I was engaging in hyperbole.
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Its all about greed
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