So, when it comes to cable, there's Comcast here.
I would have no issue at all with allowing the companies to impose whatever restrictions they want as long as fair competition is allowed. But as I understand it, it's actually mostly zoning laws and whatnot that prohibit companies from directly competing in most areas.
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That is why with the EU in the front, the old monopoly telecommunications companies around Europe were forced to be privatised and sold off in many cases, but also open up the infrastructure to others. Basically it is the copper in the ground that is opened up for a price.
This has meant (depending on the country.. some are further than others), that internet and telephone prices have fallen dramatically over the last 20 years. For example, I, who live in the 3rd world country of Spain when it comes to telecommunications, have access to the first 5+ wireless internet providers, 4+ satellite providers, 7+ 3G internet providers and if I had a phone line I would have access to 10+ internet providers who have speeds as a minimum of 3 mb, usually far more and I hardly live close to any major town.
All this due to EU rules on competition within in the telecommunications industry.
Last edited by PeteEU; 04-06-10 at 12:55 PM.
The way I see it, if the cable companies want to selectively throttle or even censor my traffic, they should have to give up the common carrier protections they have. Basically, if I download illegal material, currently my ISP is not liable for it in any way because they theoretically don't monitor it.
If they're going to do that, they should become responsible, and therefore liable, for the content they deliver. I bet they drop the net neutrality argument in that case
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