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  •  IMHO, the big problem is NOT (8+ / 0-)

    differential access per-se.  The big issue that I see in allowing the telecom companies to proceed down this route is that in order to offer the preferred access they'd like to charge more for, they will want to degrade any traffic that their routers don't grok, otherwise it might be non-preferred content routed through a preferred service.
    We dumped Comcast as an ISP because they did precisely this: encrypted traffic (e.g. VPN, SSH, etc) that didn't fit into very narrow boundaries (e.g. port 443 for HTTPS) were intentionally degraded by dropping packets, which played havoc with anything that was smart enough to stream.  All this because it is impossible to tell what is inside an encrypted stream, after all, I might be using my work VPN to stream youtube or torrent traffic. Grr.

    Water which is too pure has no fish -- Ts'ai Ken T'an

    by mik on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 09:43:36 AM PST

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